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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Granite Mtn - Tr 261
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Granite Mtn - Tr 261
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: An upright cactus with one to several main stems and numerous short stem segments. Stems are cylindrical, 2 to 12 inches long, 1/2 inch thick and covered with tubercles or small, wart-like projections.
Height: 2 to 4-1/2 feet     Width: Varies - can grow in thic


Plant Communities: Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 4500 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow   Shape: Regular, not in clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Jun - Jul
Description: Flowers are pale yellow, 1 inch wide and in groups of three.

Spine Characteristics

Spines: White to pinkish tan other   
Spine Description: Needlelike; 7 to 14 spines per areole with one long spine in cluster to 2 inches long.
Spines: Y

Fruit Characteristics

Color: Yellow   Type: Pod   Description: Spineless, nearly round to egg-shapped fruit to 1-1/4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide.

Stem Characteristics

Stem Color: Green to purple   Stem Description: Stems are segmented, each segment is 1 to 6 inches long with oval bumps (tubercles) that are longer than they are wide; spines do not obscure the color of the stems; there are more spines towards the tip of the stems.

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