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Sonoran Desert Cacti

 
The Cholla Cacti
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Chain or Jumping Cholla (pronounced CHAW-yah)
looks like a tree and is the largest of the cholla species

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The Chain Cholla grows with drooping branches of chained fruit that grow longer every year, sometimes getting as long as 2 feet

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The fruit chains hang amidst dangerous barbed spines that detach easily when slightly touched

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The Teddy Bear Cholla Don't be fooled by the appearance of soft, fuzzy branches

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The Teddy Bear Cholla has "pods" with very sharp barbed spines that detach easily when slightly touched

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The dangerous barbed pods of the Chain Cholla and Teddy Bear Cholla

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The name jumping cholla comes from the ease with which the sharp barbed spines detach when slightly touched, appearing to have "jumped"

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The barbed spines of the Cholla quickly embed themselves into whatever touches them
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The Teddy Bear Cholla has yellow-green flowers

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Cholla segments can be found littering the ground allowing the Cholla to form dense forests of the same plant

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Staghorn Cholla and Buckhorn Cholla often occur together and are hard to tell apart

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Staghorn Cholla and Buckhorn Cholla have thin branches that arise from the ground or from a short trunk

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Flower of the Staghorn Cholla

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Flower of the Buckhorn Cholla

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As a Staghorn Cholla ages it becomes very woody
 
Prickley Pear
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There are about a dozen species of Prickley Pear where the pads vary in width, length, shape and color

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The fruits and the pads of most prickly pears are edible

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Prickly Pear fruits are used for nectar and sold under the name tuna. The pads are cooked and eaten as a vegetable and sold under the name Nopalito

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Great care must be taken when harvesting and preparing the pads and the fruits

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Prickly Pear Cactus vary in height from less than a foot to 6 or 7 feet

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Most Prickly Pear cactus have yellow, red or purple flowers, even among the same species

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"Bye, Bye" little Prickly Pear Cactus
 
Desert Cacti
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Cactus in Bloom

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The beautiful white flower will last ony one day

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The beautiful pink flower will last ony one day

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This little cactus looks dried out but it is blooming

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Cactus flowers come in a variety of colors

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Golden Barrel Cactus grows faster on its shaded side. Therefore it usually leans southwest and is sometimes called a Compass Cactus

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Barrel Cactus flowers range from yellow to pink. They are eaten by birds and other animals

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Ferocactus, meaning fierce or wild cactus are always cylindrical or barrel shaped and are usually among the largest cacti

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Organ Pipe Cacti
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Organ Pipe Cactus is the second largest in the U.S. (next to the Saguaro) growing as tall as 23 feet

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