Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Either of two species of giant cactus, Cereus pecten-aboriginum and C. Pringlei, which in the arid cape region of Lower California form extensive leafless forests known as cardon forests. The dead wood is used for fuel, etc., and the seeds are ground to mix with meal.
“The cardon is a close relative of the saguaro cactus of Arizona.”
“This is because the commission assumes that the EU will implement further, aggressive climate policies if there is a global agreement to do so and that other industrialized countries will aim for similar cardon dioxide cuts.”
“The amount of fossil cardon stored is at most the maximum carbon that can sustain life in the biosphere, because it came from the biosphere some 150 million years ago.”
“In the middle of the day, in the middle of the peninsula, we rolled through a long valley landscaped with millions of huge wind-carved boulders, some as big as houses, giant cardon cacti (the saguaro's larger cousins), and tall skinny boojum plants with orange blooms on top - described as upside-down carrots.”
“Thinking of buying a Plasma, you know the ones that increase my cardon footprint, one second thoughts maybe a clockwork radio would be a better investment given the skyrocketting thats coming.”
“In the Papaloapan basin, the cardon (Lemairocereus weberi) are abundant, as is quiotillo (Escontria chiotilla).”
“The Jandía cardon (Euphorbia handiensis), an important flagship plant species for the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot, can be found in the Natural Park of Jandía on the Canary Islands.”
“The vegetation of Isla San Pedro Mártir is Sonoran with only 27 species, dominated by an open forest of a columnar cactus, cardon Pachycerus pringlei which can reach 25 m high.”
“Characteristic Sonoran species on the islands are the palo verde Cercidium spp., elephant tree Bursera microphylla, desert ironwood Olneya tesota, limberbush Jatropha spp., ocatillo Fouquieria diguetti, white bursage Ambrosia spp. and cacti such as the columnar cardon Pachycerus pringlei, viejito Mammillaria capensis, cholla Opuntia cholla and prickly pears Opuntia spp.”
“Next year, or the year after, or by the time this book has reached your hands, the island of Angel de la Guarda might contain no S. hispidus except sun-dried and raven-picked carcasses, discarded beneath the cardon cacti.”
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