Are Succulents Monocots or Dicots? (EXPLAINED)

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Are succulents monocots or dicots?

Question: Are succulents considered monocots or dicots?

Quick Answer: Succulents can be dicots or monocots, depending on their specific species.

Why are Succulents Considered Both Dicots and Monocots?

Succulents are defined by the fleshiness of their roots, leaves, or stem. Over time they have adapted this trait to store moisture and survive in drought conditions. This is regardless of their other characteristics, including their reproductive process. Dicots have two embryonic leaves, and monocots have one that determines their classifications. Succulents can be both monocots and dicots because both families have evolved species that are succulents.

Dicot Succulents

  • Balsam
  • Cactus
  • Heather
  • Purslane
  • Ragwort

Monocot Succulents

  • Yucca
  • Orchids
  • Amaryllis
  • Aloe
  • Agave