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Cactus family, Cacti: CACTACEAE
Echinopsis (Lobivia) sp.

A large portion of our collection belongs to the cactus family. These spiny plants are stem succulents. They have variable bodies: globular to columnar, single to multi-branched. Their home is the "New World", that means the American Continents. They are widely cultivated for their unusual appearance and the often showy flowers which mostly occur in spring and early summer. They are a good garden subject in mediterranean gardens. There is also a certain commercial value, especially the fruits of some species are well known: "Cactus figs" (Opuntia sp.) and Pitaya (Hylocereus sp.).

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