I am currently looking at this LITTLE book called "A Passion For Cactus", by Jack Kramer. He uses so many adjectives to describe them, I had to share a few! Get ready!!!
Powerful, fierce, spiked, crested, armed, strange, exotic, bizarre, beautiful, jumping, dangerous, thorny, cursed, huge, small, barrel shaped, whimsical, globular, wooly, unusual, gnarled, weird, spiraling,vibrantly flowering,night blooming, fleshy, medicinal, edible, delicious, sculptural, spiny, rigid, columner, star shaped, cascading, fruiting, dagger-like, leafless, prickly, tall, small, dwarf, desert dwelling,rain forest dwelling, fearless, flat bodied, sharp, silk haired, pincushiony, erect.
Can you possibly think of any more???
BTW, according to this book, the only known instance of death by cactus was whan a man in Pheonix, Arizona who shot a giant cactus twice with his rifle, and a 23 ft. section of it fell over on top of him, killing him! This happened in 1984, and this book was published in 1995...I wonder if there have been any deaths since then?? I hope not. Please don't go around shooting at giant cactus! Of course, there is 0% chance of this happening in Florida...but be VERY careful out there in the west! LOL.