Because cactus plants grow in arid desert environments, they are very good at absorbing and storing what few droplets come their way. The rough leaves of cactus plants minimize water loss through transpiration and their roots have a great deal of surface area to maximize absorption. Because of the efficiency of cactus plants, most cactae, surprisingly, are quite succulent.
It might help to think of cactae as the camels of the plant kingdom.
A cactus is specially designed retain water because it gets to “drink” so rarely. That’s why it is capable of storing so much in its meat.
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