IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Teddy Bear Cholla- Opuntia bigelovii

The teddy-bear cholla has a soft, fuzzy-like appearance due to its mass of silvery-white spins that cover the branches. It stands tall, with a distinct trunk. The branches sprout from the top of the trunk, almost horizontal. During the early summer months, yellow flowers sprout from the tips of the stems. The fruits that follow do not have viable seed. The plants reproduce from the fallen stems.

The spins, may look soft to touch, but they are the plants defense. When you brush up or lightly touch the plant, spins with stick instantly and hold tightly because of backwardly directed barbs.


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