Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fact of the Day: Greece Cactus

The word cactus is derived from the Ancient Greek word kaktos which was used to descirbe a spiny plant in Europe. Cactus plants are native to the Americas. 

19 comments:

Christine said...

Interesting.

Huggybear said...

They are the curse of sheep farmers here in Australia
and eradication with permission from the local shire council
is permitted.
Nice in little pot plants on balconies for high rise persons in cities, wretched in paddocks, and I am sure the same applies in the USA.
Thank God for goats, they eat them.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Moscow Blogger said...

Thanks for shearing)

Kay said...

Hmmm... We have cactus that look like that in Hawaii.

Jax said...

I speak Greek but I've never heard that word!

Margaret D said...

That's true about Cacti

Bob Bushell said...

I love cacti.

Pat Hatt said...

No pokey things here, never knew that at my sea though

happyone said...

Didn't know that. You come up with some interesting facts!!

Al Penwasser said...

Kaktos: From the Greek for "Don't sit on these things with no britches on."

Al Penwasser said...

Kaktos: From the Greek for "Don't sit on these things with no britches on."

bj said...

hahhaaa...good one, Al

bj said...

For the life of me, I can't figure out why any one would plant these around their place....

Martha said...

That is interesting! These plants are favourites of mine.

Anna-Alina said...

I have a little one as a plant,love cactuses!

stephen Hayes said...

I didn't know cacti were native to the Americas.

Huggybear said...

On some Rare occasions, "bj", we are of exactly the same mind.
Those who like them, obviously are NOT country people
and only know of them from a florist/pot plant shop.
The flowers on them may be attractive, but sensible or "in the know" persons, are not taken in by a small flower.
Colin

Caro * said...

Very interesting. I love cactus ! :)

Huggybear said...

I wouldn't go sprooking that about out in rural, farming areas, especially here in Australia, you might find yourself sitting on one with it firmly in a place where the sun does not shine.
Refer to "Al P's" comment and Greek interpretation of the word.
Colin