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CHOLLA: DEVIL

DEVIL CHOLLA (Opuntia stanlyi)


Clump of devil cholla; each stem is about 10-15 cm tall

The devil cholla is one of the group known as club chollas, named after the club-shaped segments. These are low-growing species that usually branch from the base and form mats across the ground. The spines are flattened, dagger-sharp, and have no sheaths.


Flattened spines of devil cholla

Devil cholla can cover extensive areas of flat, dry terrain in desert grasslands or in calcareous and salty sites where little else will grow.


Patch of devil cholla in a calcareous, salty basin in Arizona

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