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Cylindropuntia bigelovii

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth

Opuntia bigelovii Engelm.

Opuntia ciribe Engelmann ex. J. M. Coulter 1896

Cylindropuntia ciribe (Engelmann ex. J. M. Coulter) F. M. Knuth 1935

Opuntia bigelovii var. ciribe (Engelmann ex. J. M. Coulter) W. T. Marshall 1941

Cylindropuntia bigelovii var. ciribe (Engelmann ex. J. M. Coulter) Rebman 2001

Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote

About plant names...

Teddy bear cholla (pronounced “KOY-ya”) is a common North American native within its range. From a distance, the densely intermingled golden spines produce soft-looking, rounded branch tips that look a little like, well, teddy bears. They are found in deserts at elevations between 100-300' (30-91 m).

Identification: These multiply branched cacti are up to 6½' (2 m) high, sometimes looking like trees, other times like shrubs. Each stem segment is 1½-7" (4-18 cm) long and ⅜-¾" (1-2 cm) in diameter, and greenish-purple to purple in color. The areoles from which the spines appear are tan to brown; spines are in groups of 6-8, ⅜-⅝" (1-1.8 cm) long. The spines are yellow to golden in color, and so dense that they intermingle with each other, producing a golden (or silvery) fuzzy appearance that looks soft from a distance. Flowers are usually yellowish green, but may be yellow, gold, bronze, red, rose, or magenta. Wrinkled, leathery spineless fruits are yellowish green or reddish in color and less than ¾" (2 cm) long.

These cholla, like their cousins jumping cholla, have a reputation for launching attacks on unwary passers-by. I can personally attest to this, having found a good-sized clump embedded in the leather of my shoe. There are two reasons for this reputation. First, cholla have glochids, tiny groups of spines that detach easily and implant themselves into skin, causing immediate irritation. The second reason is that small portions of chollas routinely break off, littering the desert floor, attaching easily to passing victims, and growing new cacti wherever they end up.

References:

Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 205

Online References:

Cylindropuntia bigelovii on jan.ucc.nau.edu

Cylindropuntia bigelovii at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Cylindropuntia bigelovii as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension

Cylindropuntia bigelovii at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library

Cylindropuntia bigelovii on Wikipedia

Cylindropuntia bigelovii on Desert-tropicals.com

Cylindropuntia bigelovii at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Cylindropuntia bigelovii at the Living Desert

Cylindropuntia bigelovii on eFloras

Cylindropuntia bigelovii on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
≈ 4½ × 3' (1.4 × 0.9 m)

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ
≈ 3 × 2' (96 × 64 cm) ID is uncertain

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 19 × 22" (47 × 57 cm)

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 21 × 26" (52 × 65 cm)

Cylindropuntia bigelovii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA ID is uncertain

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 8 × 6" (19 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 4 × 6" (10 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm) ID is uncertain

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla, Chollo de Oso, Golden-spined Jumping Cholla, Guerra, Vellas de Coyote)

1/15/1993 · Palm Springs, CA · By Constance B. Kent

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