The cactus family
is faced with growing environmental threats, including urban sprawl, expansion of the agricultural frontier, introduction of exotic species, overgrazing by cattle, uncontrolled tourism, and poaching driven by the demand of exotic plant markets.
The first point we may note from this table is that the association with perennial plants occurs in all of the life-forms that are represented in the cactus family
The fruit, belonging to the cactus family
, is reported to be the result of "a Panamanian 'mother' and a Columbian 'father.
Like all members of the cactus family
, the saguaro does not have true leaves.