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    Echinopsis: Brief Summary
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    For the genus of sea urchin, see Echinopsis (sea urchin). Not to be confused with Echinops.

    Echinopsis is a large genus of cacti native to South America, sometimes known as hedgehog cactus, sea-urchin cactus or Easter lily cactus. One small species, E. chamaecereus, is known as the peanut cactus. The 128 species range from large and treelike types to small globose cacti. The name derives from echinos hedgehog or sea urchin, and opsis appearance, a reference to these plants' dense coverings of spines.

    Echinopsis is distinguished from Echinocactus by the length of the flower tube,[citation needed] from Cereus by the form and size of their stems,[citation needed] and from both in the position on the stem occupied by the flowers. They are remarkable for the great size, length of tube, and beauty of their flowers, which, borne upon generally small and dumpy stems, appear much larger and more attractive than would be expected.

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    There are about 285 species of cactus. These plants have many traits that help them live in hot, dry places. Most cacti have thick stems that store water. The stems also often have a waxy coating that helps hold in water. The Golden Torch Cactus has golden yellow spines. In spring, it grows large, white flowers that bloom at night.

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