Cactus spines

Cactus spines

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Caption: Cactus spines. This is a golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii). A cactus is a plant that has tissues adapted to minimise water loss in the arid environment it inhabits. Cactus leaves are reduced to narrow spines, and the plant surface is covered in a thick, waxy outer layer. A cactus may also be able to store water.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, cactus, echinocactus grusonii, exotic, flora, golden barrel cactus, many, multiple, nature, ornamental, plant, spine, spines, spiny, succulent

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