cactus as a tree?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Mar 11 00:48:37 UTC 2012

At 3/10/2012 01:47 PM, Larry Sheldon wrote:
>On 3/10/2012 9:26 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>>Look through these and tell me what you see.  Saguaro, Cholla,
>>>Joshua (Maybe not).
>>Hey, they call it a Joshua tree, not a Joshua "tree".  Of course, it
>>could be argued that despite its moniker a Joshua tree is no more a
>>tree than peanut butter is butter. And then there's phone sex.  But
>My "Maybe not" indicated a question in my mind abort the Joshua Tree's
>status as a cactus--I'm not sure it is.  (And I see now that I'm not
>sure what a cactus is.)

As some Supreme Court justice said, "I may not be able to define
'cactus', but I know it when I'm stabbed by one."


>Bing says:  spiky desert plant: a spiny leafless plant with fleshy stems
>and branches and often with brilliantly colored flowers
>Joshua Trees have leaves.
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