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Jan Scholten
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Botany: genera 87; ± 2000; spiny succulents; stem spherical, column like, green, not woody; branches are like warts or spines or thorns; leaves are bristles, suppressed; growth is slow, in the form of continuous, watery swelling in mucilage, derived from cellulose instead of wood; flowers burst out, abruptly, abundant, often red, strong scent, once in so many years, short lived, lasting a few hours; fruit edible, watery, spherical congestion; wax on the surface.
Content: malic acid, tartaric acid, oxalic acid, citric acid.

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