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Search Cacti by Growth Habit
This search feature groups cacti species by their growth habit (or form). If you are trying to identify a particular cactus plant without knowing which genera to check, this will help you narrow your search based on the way your cactus plant looks. Unfortunately, this is still only a rough guide and some forms are typical of hundreds of species. Additionally, young plants often look quite different once they are mature. Keep in mind, the forms below represent the mature habit of the cacti species they represent.

Not Cactus Remember also: All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. If you are having a hard time identifying your "cactus" plant, be sure to use the Cacti or Not? page to rule out other succulents. You might be surprised when you find out that your very cactus-looking plant turns out not to be a cactus at all.


Click on one of the growth forms below for more info.
Angled
Buttonlike
Columnar
Columnar-Short
Cushion
Cylindrical
Cylindrical-Pendent
Flattened-Leaflike
Flattened-Padded
Geophytic
Globose
Globose-Cylindrical
Globose-Flattened
Globose-Pyramidal
Ovoid
Prostrate
Shrubby
Shrubby-Treelike
Sprawling
Treelike
Tuberculate
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