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Staghorn Cholla (Opuntia versicolor)
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.