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Some people say cacti are not succulents, and some say the other way around. In my lil pea brain, they are all the same.
Despite their close relationship, there are some important differences between cacti and succulents:
Cactus plants generally have few or no leaves.
Cacti are distinguished from the rest of the succulents by the rounded indentations along their stems. These are modified buds called "areoles." From the areoles spring the spines (usually) for which cacti are best known.
A wide variety of non-cactus succulents are native to different regions across the world. By contrast, almost all kinds of cacti are native only to the New World.
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