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Staghorn Cholla (Opuntia versicolor)
staghorn cholla

DESCRIPTION: Similar to Buckhorn Cholla except mature fruit is fleshy, usually spineless or only weakly spined, and persistent for more than a year (versus dry, covered by spines, and only stay on plant for a few months in Buckhorn Cholla). Both grow from 3'-15' tall. Both species have stems that range from green to purplish in color. Flowers in both species are variable in color. Fruit are pale yellow, persistent, and not well-spined.
NATURAL HISTORY: Both Staghorn and Buckhorn Cholla are used to make delicious cholla buds by the Tohono O'odham and others.