Etymology: Cactus family. Origin: Exclusive of the American continent, except a few species feral on other continents in very remote times.
They are the most famous of Suculent plants. In spite of popular believes, all its species come from America, although in the last centuries and thanks to human activity, they have colonized all places in the planet.
There are species that only reach a few kilometers, to others that can exceed 20 meters. Not all have thorns, some have leaves. Not all are desert.
CITES Field Global Level Cites II Convenio sobre el Comercio Internacional de Especies Amenazadas de Fauna y Flora Silvestre