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.
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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.
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