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Cactaceae:

This family is one of the more difficult families to mistake. They are only found natively in the new world (with one exception in Africa). They are well known for their succulent stems and colorful flowers. Globally here are about 120 to 125 genera with approximately 2000 species. Several individuals in the Cactaceae family are considered hallucinogenic. Many contain the alkaloid mescal. Peyote for instance is a small cacti native to North America which has been used by Native Americans in religious ceremonies.

Learn about Hallucinogenic Cacti:

Systematics

Thick, succulent plants with regular, bisexual flowers. Showy, numerous petals, sepals, and stamen. The ovary is inferior. The seeds ripen as a pulpy "berry" with numerous seeds and spines.

Specimens List


Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp)

Opuntia's are extremely diverse in the New world.


Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea)

Saguaro's may take up to 75 years to develope a side arm.


Hallucinogenic Cacti Survey

This is a survey of all cactus species that are hallucinogenic.


Night Blooming Cereus Cactus

Its from this cactus that we get the novelty, "Dragons Fruit"


Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus - Ferocactus)

The small yellow, pinneaple-like fruit tastes a bit like lemons!


 

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