Botany and uses of cacti

Autore: Domenico Prisa *

CREA Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Council for Agricultural Researchand Economics, Via dei Fiori 8, 51012 Pescia, PT, Italy.

Review Article

GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2022, 21(01), 287–297.

Article DOI: 10.30574/gscbps.2022.21.1.0405

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Publication history: 

Received on 19 September 2022; revised on 25 October 2022; accepted on 27 October 2022


In common parlance, succulents are all fleshy plants with swollen stems and leaves. Instead, it would be more correct to use the term succulent, as their characteristic feature is that they have succulent tissue inside them, i.e. a soft, spongy fleshiness saturated with water that produces a typical swelling in the plant. Usually, the swelling of the plant is in the aerial parts, i.e. the stem and leaves. There are, however, some cases of succulence at the roots and intermediate variants with succulence distributed in the leaves, stem and roots simultaneously. These plants represent a world apart in terms of their characteristics, resistance, vegetative behaviour, flowering and many other features. In this review, we would like to describe some aspects of these plants that make them as strange as they are extraordinary.


Cactus; Flower cactus; Sustainable agriculture; Ornamental plants; Climate change

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