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Definition of succulent

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Definition as written by Sugar_fl:

A plant having thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves or stems

Definition as written by Kelli:

Virtually all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. The cacti are a distinct plant family (the Cactaceae) while succulent plants are found in many families

Definition as written by Floridian:

Fleshy and/or juicy

Definition as written by Magpye:

(Botany) (1) Having thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves or stems.

(2) A tropical or desert plant with thick and fleshy stem or leaves designed to retain water and minimize evaporation. Succulent plants are usually found in regions of little rainfall and generally have long roots to absorb a maximum amount of water. Some of the commonest succulents are the cactus , which are leafless or have short, prickly leaves, storing a lot of sap in the stem; and the agave and aloe, which collect water in the stem.

Definition as written by palmbob:

Any plant having specialized leaves, stems or roots that have evolved to store excess water. This is a somewhat vague definition, and certainly not what a succulent grower/collector would only include in his/her list of succulents. Many xerophytic plants are included in this group, such as arid-loving bromeliads, Yuccas and cycads, very few which would qualify as true succulents as few have any ability to store water. Many non-botanists tend to include all succulents under the name cactus, but most succulents are not true cacti... however, as mentioned above, all cacti are true succulents. Nor are all succulents xerophytic... some are very tropical and moisture loving.

Shot is of many of my succulents... but not all shown are true succulents

Thumbnail of succulent by palmbob
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