Succulents: to get to know them better

Fat plants:
everything you ever wanted to know but never dared to ask

Talking about succulent plants is very complex given that in this type of plants there are many very different and very distant families from a morphogenetic point of view, of which the most representative and known is undoubtedly that of Cactaceae. What unites plants phylogenetically very distant from each other they are particular adaptations of one's body both from an external point of view and from a physiological point of view which means that they can live in environments of extreme heat or prolonged drought over time.

These plants are commonly referred to as "succulents" a very inappropriate term, even if it has now entered common use, as it identifies those plants that are able to store water in their tissues to be able to survive long periods of drought. Storage that can take place in different parts of the plant mainly in the leaves and stems. These parts of the plants become particularly enlarged and hence the term "succulent plant".

The reality is the word "fat" which comes from the Latin term crassus "Meaty, thick" suggests that the plant has in itself some fatty substances, that is oily but this is not the case because their "fatness" is due to the accumulation of water so it is more appropriate to define them as "succulent plants" that is rich in juice.

In this column dedicated to succulents, we will talk about unusual and curious topics about succulents to get to know them better and learn to appreciate and love them even more.

If instead you want to know the individual succulents to know how to grow them, then go to the page: How to grow and care for succulents where you can find the monographic cards on the cultivation of each succulent plant.

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