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Are Succulents Cactus?

Last Updated: 21st June, 2020

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Cacti are fleshy plants that store water, making them part of this group. Therefore, all cacti are succulents. Cacti are simply a family, or sub-category within the group of plants collectively known as succulents. In order for a succulent plant to be considered a cactus, the plant must have areoles.

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Besides, is aloe vera a cactus or succulent?

Although similar in appearance to cacti, aloe vera is not a cactus but a succulent and a member of the lily family. Aloe plants are more closely related to tulips and asparagus than to cacti.

are Succulents desert plants? Succulent plants store water in fleshy leaves, stems or roots. All cacti are succulents, as are such non-cactus desert dwellers as agave, aloe, elephant trees, and many euphorbias. To cope with these conditions, nearly all succulents have extensive, shallow root systems.

Consequently, which succulents are not cacti?

Succulents that are not cacti include:

  • Angelina stonecrop (Sedum rupestre Angelina)
  • Autumn Joy stonecrop (Sedum Autumn Joy)
  • Chocolate Drop stonecrop (Sedum Chocolate Drop)
  • Purple ice plant (Delosperma cooperi)
  • Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)
  • Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)
  • Agave (Agave americana)

What family are succulents in?

In some families, such as Aizoaceae, Cactaceae, and Crassulaceae, most species are succulents.

Cheirolepidiaceae:

Family or subfamily Crassulaceae
Succulent # 1300
Modified parts Leaf (root)
Distribution Worldwide

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