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Mat Cholla
Grusonia parishii
About Mat Cholla (Grusonia parishii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Grusonia parishii (Orcutt) Pinkava is a species of cactus known by the common names matted cholla and Parish club cholla. It is native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of California and Arizona. Grusonia parishii grows in spreading mats along the sandy ground no more than about 20 centimeters tall. The segments are up to 9 centimeters long by 3 wide and is surfaced in fleshy tubercles bearing many spines each up to 5 centimeters in length. The flower is yellowish and the fruit is yellow and up to 8 centimeters long. Synonyms. Grusonia parishii (Orcutt) Pinkava, J. Arizona-Nevada Acad. Sci. 32: 50. 1999. Grusonia stanlyi (Engelm. ex B. D. Jacks. ) H. Rob. , Phytologia 26(3): 176. 1973. Opuntia parishii Orcutt, W. Amer. Sci. 10: 81. 1896. CorynOpuntia parishii (Orcutt) F. M. Knuth, Kaktus-ABC 115. 1935. Corynopuntia stanlyi var. parishii (Orcutt) Backeberg, Die Cactaceae 1: 361. 1958. Opuntia stanlyi Engelm. ex B. D. Jackson, Notes of a Military Reconnaissance 157, f. 9. 1848. Opuntia stanlyi Engelmann var. parishii (Orcutt) L. D. Benson, Cacti of Arizona (ed. 2) 39. 1950.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

8.4 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
10*, 11, 12*, 18, 19

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy flats

Annual Precipitation: 6.1" - 11.0", Summer Precipitation: 1.33" - 2.76", Coldest Month: 41.4" - 51.3", Hottest Month: 65.8" - 78.4", Humidity: 4.63" - 29.88", Elevation: 3013" - 5462"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Opuntia parishii
Common Names: Dead Cactus, Devil Cactus, Matted Cholla, Parish Club Cholla

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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