Needle Plant

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Needle Plant - Sebastian Romu © 2018

About

Common Names
Needle Plant
Classification
Succulent, Cactus, Flower
Description
A low ball-shaped cactus with large pink flowers. The needles are hollow and contain a mild anaesthetic, and muscle relaxant. The pulp of the main body can be distilled to make an excellent restorative tonic.

Ecology

Rarity
common
Distribution
Tropical to temperate deserts, scrub lands and less commonly plains
Life Cycle
Flowers every two or three years, producing a small red berries. Seed distribution by animals which eat the fruits.

Uses

Cultivation
none
Culinary
none
Medicinal
anaesthetic (needles), relaxant (needles), restorative tonic (pulp)
Other

Culture

Stories

See Also