True Cacti & Epiphytic Cacti
Cacti are stem succulent plants originating in hot, dry areas in the Americas. They are tolerant and easy to care for. Their leaves have changed to spines and they vary from a bristly down to ferocious hooks and come in a range of attractive colours. They protect the plants from heat and grazing animals. The stems grow in simple shapes like spheres and columns, often with ribs and tubercles, to store scarce water supplies.
Cacti are also admired for their stunning flowers. Some people think cacti flower every 10 years or not at all, but most flower every year like every other plant. Some of the little globular cacti, like rebutias (see above picture), are renowned for their beauty and readiness to flower.
Sample photographs of each cactus are available by clicking on the plant name. After viewing a photo, click the 'close' button, click anywhere outside of the photo or press the 'escape' key to return to this page.