Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Teddy Bear Cholla: Cylindropuntia bigelovii

The Teddy Bear Cholla is cuddly only in appearance, as it is abundantly
armed with spines and hairlike glochids, to the dismay of any who approach
too near. Detached stem segments often litter the ground around the plant,
another hazard for passersby. This is the primary method of dispersal for this species, as these loose cactus joints may root wherever they are

Teddy Bear Cholla

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