A Brief Insight into Wild Cactus

Wild cactus is plant specie that normally grows in arid deserts and lives without water for long periods. As compared to the other continents, numerous species of cactus are observed in America. Most species of this cactus are filled with thorns. Since it is very simple to look after a cactus plant, most people like to keep them at home. Although most consider them to be a burden on the region in which they thrive, it is not true on most occasions. They are an essential part of the desert and also provide umpteen uses to the wildlife thriving in the desert regions. These species of wild cactus provides protection to the animals from the sun and also provides smaller quantities of water essential for the survival of the desert creatures. Most of these cactus plants are known to live for three centuries.

Size and Shape of Wild Cactus:

There are numerous varieties of cactus that vary in shape and size. While some cacti grow to a height of 20 meters, other varieties of cacti are known to grow not beyond 1 centimeter at full growth. Most varieties of wild cactus yield flowers, which normally bloom during the night. Unlike the typical flowering plants, the flowers of these cacti are not pollinated by bees, but by moths and bats. In addition, there are some few wild cacti species which also yield fruits. The most prominent amongst them is the “Pitaya” or “dragonfruit”. The main characteristic of this fruit is its large size and numerous tiny seeds, which dots the flesh of this fruit. Mostly, the fruits of cactus have a pleasant taste, are largely fleshy in nature and have bright colors. These fruits are mostly consumed by birds, goats, mice, ants and bats. These seeds enter the digestive system of these animals and then spread throughout the other regions of the desert through their droppings. Wild Cactus normally has grown through this process over millions of years.

Interesting Facts about Wild Cactus:

Although most varieties of wild cacti are found in the New World, some species are also found in the island of Sri Lanka and the African Continent. Normally, these plants found their way in these regions with the help of the migratory birds, which normally carry their seeds. Although such cactus is normally found in the desert and arid regions, there are some species that normally grows in the rainforests also. For instance, the Christmas cactus, a form of wild cactus, it grows in abundance in the Brazilian rainforests. It is also a common belief that these kinds of cactus are full of thorns and seldom have any leaves. However, the “pereskia grandifolia” is a plant that has leaves and is considered to be the earliest form of cacti.