Although cactus plants are relatively easy to care for, as they desire a lot of sunlight, little water and proper drainage, customers may still come to you with questions about the plants. You must know the common terminology to be of assistance, as well as to be able to stock your business with the best cacti. Brushing up on cactus plants key terms can help you communicate better with vendors, offer plants that customers desire and keep your business current.
AreoleAn areole is a distinctive feature found on a cactus plant, as it distinguishes it from a succulent. An areole can create a spine or glochid, which protect the plant as a matter of self defense. It resembles bumps when viewed up close on the plant.
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GlochidA glochid is a tiny, hair-like barbed spine found in the center of an areole. If a person touches a cactus plant, the glochid is the sharp part of the plant that lodges in the skin.
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RibA cactus rib is a ridge that forms on the outside of certain cacti species. A rib oftentimes expands when storing water for later use. When the cactus needs the water, the rib sends it down to the roots.
SpineThe spine is a sharp, pointed leaf found in a cactus areole. The spine can vary in size, depending upon the species of plant. A central spine is heavier, colored and hooked, while a radial spine is straight and scattered over the plant.
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XerophyteA xerophyte plant is one that is able to survive an environment that does not have much water or moisture. Plants such as cacti and succulents are examples of xerophyte plants.
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