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Teddy Bear Cholla, Jumping Cholla

Cylindropuntia bigelovii

Family

Cactaceae, Cactus Family

Form

Stem succulent to 3 to 5 feet tall

Range

Sonoran Desert and warmer regions of Mohave Desert in southeastern California, southwestern Arizona, western Sonora and Baja California

Habitat

Sandy flats, gravelly to rocky washes, bajadas and hillsides below 3,000 feet elevation

Living Desert Location

Ethnobotanic Garden, Upper Colorado Garden, Yuman Garden

Factoid

Since this species usually makes no viable seed, it relies on detached segments to form new plants by rooting and growing.