There is one main difference between Cactaceae and other cactaceae
Cactus will never have leaves except for a genus called Pereskia.
Almost all other families with cactus like habit will have leaves.
In Cactaceae what looks like spines are actually modification of
leaves, but in Euphorbiaceae spines are the modification of stipules.
On Sep 30, 2:02 am, Madhuri Raut <itii...@gmail.com
> Sure Ushadi
> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM, ushadi Micromini <
> > no... too much writing...
> > working for a set of funerals in family as of now... and folowed by
> > shraddha and pujas... and family from around the world... and everything
> > else that goes with 50+ people to eat sleep etc... sorry...
> > google it...
> > please
> > hope you understand
> > usha di
> > ======
> > On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:17 PM, Madhuri Raut <itii...@gmail.com
> >> @Ushadi Gurcharanji has given the most distinguishing characteristic of
> >> cactii. Can you provide easy to understand differences or features of
> >> Agave,Aloe, Succulents and Euphorbia for a non botanist like me.
> >> Regards
> >> Bhagyashri
> >> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:20 PM, Madhuri Raut <itii...@gmail.com
> >>> Thank you Gurcharanji for quick explanation. Now I understand the
> >>> difference
> >>> Regards
> >>> Bhagyashri
> >>> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM, Gurcharan Singh <singh...@gmail.com
> >>>> Not to blame Madhuri ji most people think all spiny succulents as cacti,
> >>>> that is why Cacti and succulents are generally exhibited together in most
> >>>> exhibitions. Cacti strictly means plants of family Cactaceae, with areoles
> >>>> surrounded by spines of various sizes and generally hairy/woolly within.
> >>>> Most people find it difficult to separate succulent Euphorbia species which
> >>>> may have spines but not areoles.
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