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Cactus in the Mojave Desert
Teddy-Bear Cholla CactusCylindropuntia bigelovii (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth
Synonym: Opuntia bigelovii var. bigelovii)
Also known as Jumping cholla. Usually grows to 3-4 feet tall, sometimes as tall as 6 feet. Tree-like overall appearance. Stems are densely covered with extremely sharp, one inch long spines. Yellow flowers bloom in April. Seeds are usually sterile however the plant typically propagates from fallen joints.