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cactus

A regionally popular short form for
(1) Peyote, or
(2) Mescaline.

cactus

the common name for members of the family Cactaceae, all of which, with one possible exception (Rhipsalis), are native to the continent of America. Most cacti are XEROPHYTES and succulents, found in deserts which have infrequent but heavy rainfall; cacti are absent from deserts with little or no rainfall. Epiphylum species and their relatives are found in rain forests and are chiefly EPIPHYTES. Cacti are distinguished from other succulents by having an areole, a pin-cushion type of structure from which wool, spines, new shoots and flowers develop. Other succulents do not possess an areole even though spines may be present.
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For some reason, you do not often see candelabra cactus for sale, or even mentioned in gardening books.
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Observations were recorded by the minute and included number of cactus wrens (adult, juvenile, or unknown), presence of predators, and several qualitative behavior patterns from which frequencies could be computed (Table 1).
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The star cactus, Astrophytum asterias, is an endangered cactus with a distribution limited to extreme southern Texas and northern Mexico (Poole et al., 2007).