The cactus is known by its family name of Cactaceae. Cacti are very unique and popular plants known for its wide variety of species, each with very distinct appearance. They thrive in dry, hot climates. Unlike most plants, cactus need very minimal amounts of water, thriving in well-drained areas. They store what water they do get, allowing them to survive in droughts. cactus flowers are pollinated by insects, birds and bats. Cacti and succulents are terms that are often used interchangeably, however they are not always the same. All cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. Cacti have structures called areolas, small cushioned shapes that grow spines, branches or hair that define their family. Many succulents don’t have areolas and so are classified in a different plant family. There are 89 different species of cacti and succulents present in this plot.