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Who would have thought that cactuses produce flowers? Usually they are thought of as being prickly and that you should stay away and especially do not touch them, but they can have such beauty that many may miss by keeping their distance! I got up close to this cactus to take this photo and came away unharmed. Don't be overly cautious about things because you might miss the beauty!
Contributed by Katie Otradovec
Cacti live in dry environments and use special adaptations in order to survive their extreme habitats. One of those adaptations is the spikes or needles that cacti have, which help them absorb humidity in the air around them and aid them in survival against plant eating animals. A cactus is also known as the "Stem", which also produces flowers and sometimes even fruit.
Contributed by Stephanie Lopez