A cactus is a member of the plant family Cactaceae, a family comprising about 127 genera with some 1750 known species of the order Caryophyllales. The word “cactus” derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος, kaktos, a name originally used by Theophrastus for a spiny plant whose identity is now not certain. (Wikipedia)

Cacti are believed to have magical powers of protection. Some people plant cacti in each corner of their property to ward off unwanted intruders and ne’er-do-wells. However, the Eastern practice of Feng shui deems them unlucky due to their sharp spines.

Cacti can be eaten and provide many different health benefits. In addition to lowering cholesterol and helping regulate blood sugar, taking nopal cactus extract before consuming alcohol will prevent hangovers. Some cacti contain psychoactive or hallucinogenic properties which some cultures use in their spiritual practices. Other cacti are used to produce herbal medicines and balms.

The cactus you found is like the cacti described above in the fact that it is fully biodegradable. All the materials were sourced to create as little impact on the environment as possible. It can be recycled, sent to a landfill or remain where you found it where it will degrade naturally without creating toxins that might harm the environment.

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