Suc­cu­lents via cacti!

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

All cacti are suc­cu­lents, but not all suc­cu­lents are cacti: a cac­tus is merely a suc­cu­lent with spines. Most cacti have lost any true leaves, re­tain­ing only spines, which are highly mod­i­fied leaves. The spines also pro­tect the plants from be­ing eaten by most an­i­mals. ■ Suc­cu­lent comes from the Latin word su­cus, which means ‘juice’ or ‘sap’.

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