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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Typically branches from the base and remains low. Grows in clumps. Pads resemble a beaver's tail. Occurs on desert plains, dry mountain slopes and in washes.
Height: 2 feet     Width: 6 feet


Habitat

Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 200 - 6000 feet


Flower Characteristics

Color: Pink to magenta   Shape: Regular, not in clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: 3 inches wide. Clusters along the upper end of the pad for 3 to 4 weeks.


Spine Characteristics

Spines: Reddish-brown other   
Spine Description: Spineless but do have reddish-brown glochids, tiny hair-like spines, to 1/8 inch long dotted on pads and fruits.
Spines: N


Fruit Characteristics

Color: Grayish   Type: Other   Description: Oval fruit to 1 inch long. Sparsely covered with glochids. Dry at maturity. Dry fruits contain very large seeds.


Stem Characteristics

Stem Color: Grayish-Green   Stem Description: Stems are flat jointed pads 1 foot long to 6 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Pads are oval in shape. New pads grow from the bases of older pads.

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