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Kactosophobia (from Greek kaktos, "cardoon") is the fear of cacti, a branch of botanophobia, fear of plants. Cacti are one of the more fearful plants as they have pricks that can stab anyone who touches it. People getting stabbed by pricks on a cactus may lead to kactosophobia, or even by learning verbally about it. Sufferers may be afraid that cacti may grow in their yard. Kactosophobia cases are more widespread in deserts where cacti thrive.