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Interesting Notes:
First of all, the plural of cactus is "cacti," "cactuses," or "cactus."  


Cactus can be found growing in the Andes' Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth.

No known fossils of cactus have been found.    Scientists theorize their evolution between 30 million years ago -to- 100 million years ago.

Saguaros cactus in Arizona's Sonora Desert can live 100 years or more.   A ten year old Saguaro might be less than 2-inches tall.

The name cactus is derived from Ancient Greek "kaktos" referring to an unidentified ancient spiny plant.

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It's always a challenge photographing a CACTUS  (Cactaceae) plant.  Unless the plants have been washed or dusted, they usually appear dull, dirty and are often covered with spider webs.   There are over 1,700 species in the Cactaceae family and they are native to the Americas, from Western Canada to Southern Argentina.  One species of cactus, Rhipsalis Baccifera, also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka.


Most cactus live in areas subjected to some drought and many live in extremely dry environments.  Their stems are often ribbed which allows them to expand quickly to absorb rain water.  Most have short growing seasons with very long periods of dormancy.  Most species of cactus have spines (or modified leaves) which help reduce water loss and most have lost their true leaves.   Most are succulents having thick outer layers adapted to store water and reduce moisture evaporation.