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(Encyclopedia)cactus, any plant of the family Cactaceae, a large group of succulents found almost entirely in the New World. A cactus plant is conspicuous for its fleshy green stem, which performs the functions of ...


(Encyclopedia)cereus: see cactus.


(Encyclopedia)saguaro: see cactus.


(Encyclopedia)Aaron's-beard, name sometimes applied to several plants usually characterized by some beardlike aspect, as the St.-John's-wort because of its many stamens and the Kenilworth ivy because of its threadl...

González, Julio

(Encyclopedia)González, Julio ho͞olˈyō gōnthäˈlĕth [key], 1876–1942, Spanish sculptor. The son of a goldsmith and sculptor, González went to Paris in 1900. There he met Picasso and taught him techniques ...

Saguaro National Park

(Encyclopedia)Saguaro National Park, 91,443 acres (37,021 hectares), SE Ariz. Contained within the desert park are many examples of the saguaro cactus (Cereus giganteus), a monumentally proportioned, now rare speci...

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