Botanical Zoom! It's quite hilarious how this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers topic fits my life at the moment: Igor and I are in the middle of working on #urbanjunglebook so it's pretty much all about botanicals. And it's all about the details too!
My very favorite plants are (big) cacti: they are tough and grow in the strangest shapes and deepest colors. I don't even mind about the spines I regularly have to Tweezerman from my fingers, they are part of the deal. So for this month's topic, I picked my favorite plants and got close, closer, the closest possible and this is what I saw: the difference between cactus plants and succulents! Did you know all cactus plants are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti? The difference is in the details: the aureoles, those small fluffy cotton-like lumps on the body of a cactus, as you can see in the photo above. Some succulents, like my cactus-look-a-like Euphorbia trigona, do have spines just like cactus plants, but they don't have aureoles. So they are actually succulents and not cacti:
Succulent (Euphorbia trigona) versus Cactus (Echinopsis macrogona):
By the way, a tip if you want to repot a cactus plant without covering your hands in painful spines or glochids (worse!): use a few layers of magazine paper to cover the plant. I've used seveveral kinds of gloves (and destroyed them because I couldn't remove the glochids (those short hairy sprickles some cactus have instead of spines), but magazine paper works better for me.
Don't you love the starry pattern on this cactus plant?
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