What are cactus?

  • (noun): Any spiny succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World.


A cactus (plural: cacti, cactuses, or cactus) is a member of the plant family Cactaceae, within the order Caryophyllales. The word "cactus" derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos), a name originally used for a spiny plant whose identity is not certain. Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, which also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka.

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Legal Intoxicant - Psychedelics - San Pedro Cactus
... San Pedro cactus contains mescaline which is illegal in most countries when isolated ... This is the same active substance in the peyote cactus which can only be used legally by some native American tribes which have a history of using the plant ... countries, however, it is a serious crime to buy, sell or consume the cactus for reasons of intoxication (any other reason besides ornamental use), because the active ingredient in the cactus, mescaline ...
List Of High Schools In The Peoria Unified School District - Cactus High School
... Cactus High School Location Glendale, Arizona, United States Information Established 1977 Principal Debbie McKintosh Grades 9-12 Enrollment 1,397 (Oct ... students are enrolled, and because of this, Cactus is a Class 4A school as rated by the Arizona Interscholastic Association ... Cactus is the smallest high school in the Peoria Unified School District, by student population ...
Cactus Park
... Cactus Park (8 hectares) is a commercial park with a botanical garden containing thousands of cactus and succulents, as well as a modest animal collection ...
Cactus, Texas - Tornado
... On April 21, 2007, Cactus was hit by an EF2 tornado ... But Cactus suffered comparably greater damage ... City and Moore County officials, including Cactus City Manager Jeff Jenkins, estimated about one-third of Cactus either was damaged or destroyed ...
Stenocereus Alamosensis
... Stenocereus alamosensis (octopus cactus or cina) is a species of cactus native to Mexico ... The Seri people of Sonora call this cactus xasaacoj ...

Famous quotes containing the word cactus:

    This is the dead land
    This is cactus land
    Here the stone images
    Are raised, here they receive
    The supplication of a dead man’s hand
    Under the twinkle of a fading star.
    —T.S. (Thomas Stearns)

    What do we want with this vast and worthless area, of this region of savages and wild beasts, of deserts, of shifting sands and whirlwinds, of dust, of cactus and prairie dogs; to what use could we ever hope to put these great deserts, or those endless mountain ranges, impenetrable and covered to their very base with eternal snow? What can we ever hope to do with the western coast, a coast of 3,000 miles, rockbound, cheerless, uninviting and not a harbor in it?
    —For the State of Kansas, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    My bones denounce the buckboard bounce and the cactus hurts my toes.
    Ray Evans (b. 1915)