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Sonoran Desert Plants
Opuntia bigelovii (Teddy bear cholla)



 Opuntia bigelovii

 Opuntia bigelovii

Habitat: bajadas, rocky slopes
Life Form: low arborescent cactus
Leaf Description: leafless
Flower Color: greenish
Flowering Period: Feb. to May
Spines: long straight
Family: Cactaceae (cactus family)
Abundance: common



"Arizona Flora", Thomas A. Kearney and Robert H. Peebles, 1960, University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London (out of print)
    page 584

"Sonoran Desert Wildflowers", Richard Spellenberg, 2003, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut
    page 140

"A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Ann Orth Epple and Lewis E. Epple, 1995, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana and LewAnn Publishing Co., Mesa, AZ
    plate 115
    page 163

"Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes", Judy Mielke, 1993, University of Texas Press, Austin
    page 207
    page 206

"100 Desert Wildflowers of the Southwest", Janice Emily Bowers, 1989, Southwest Parks and Monuments Association
    page 16

"Sonoran Desert Plants An Ecological Atlas", Raymond M. Turner, Janice E. Bowers and Tony L. Burgess, 1995, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson
    page 284

"Deserts: The Audubon Society Nature Guides", MacMahon, James A. 1985. Knopf, Chanticleer Press, NY
    plate 332
    page 494009
    page 214

"Flora of the Gran Desierto and Rio Colorado of Northwest Mexico (Southwest Center Series)", Richard Felger, 2001. University of Arizona Press, Tucson
    page 218
    page 201

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