Thorny LeavesWide and lengthy leaves with thorny edges that grow at an angle to the main stem until they droop into arches whose tip are dragged along as the plant moves.
BoleA rough, spherical and thick-walled muscle that acts as the pivot point for movement.
RootsWoody rootlet hairs that spring out sideways from the bole in shaggy clumps to prevent tipping. They dig into the soil as temporary roots before uprooting and crawling to new locations.
Ambulatory MovementThey can lift themselves about a quarter of a foot off of the ground on their woody roots that grow from their boles.
They move as well as a potted plant can. And their not even in pots.Indeed, with their tall central stems and rigid leaves, the plant moves slowly and awkwardly across surfaces.
Genetics and Reproduction
SexuallyNear the end of its life, the plant sends up a tall, branched stalk, laden with yellow blossoms, that may reach twice that of a man. birds, wind or rain would scatter millions of seeds from its flowers, of which only one or two seeds germinate into new cactuses.
Stem CuttingA piece of an adult cactus is removed and allowed to dry and callous. It can then be transplanted to newer locations to take root from the cut end and start growing into a new plant within 2 years.
Ecology and Habitats
The cactus can only sustain itself in highly salty, dry and unshifting ground.
Dietary Needs and Habits
It is obvious to gardeners that salt is a high requirement to plant growth. Though why that is undetermined.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
OctliSalt Place, where it has been produced for millennia. It has the color of milk, somewhat viscous consistency and a sour yeast-like taste.
Cactus NeedlesCentury needles plucked from cactus used in manufacturing textiles and as tools in medicines and tattooing.
Century OilA clean burning and long lasting fuel but takes 5 to 6 years between planting and gaining full oil production.
Oil CakeA nutritious feed meant for animals made from the mashed leaves, but can be eaten by people as well.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
It is often found in hot climates and where drought conditions occur.
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