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Beautiful Club-cholla
Grusonia pulchella
About Beautiful Club-cholla (Grusonia pulchella) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Grusonia pulchella (Engelm. ) H. Rob. (sagebrush cholla) is a tuberous species of opuntioid cactus from the Mojave Desert of central Nevada, eastern California, northwestern Arizona and western Utah in the United States. Grusonia pulchella has at various times been included in Opuntia or placed in a separate genus Micropuntia. Grusonia pulchella differs from other North American opuntioid cacti in having a geophytic habit, where above-ground growth dies back to the crown in adverse conditions, and resprouts under more favorable conditions. Authors have described the underground storage structure as a "tuberous root" or true tuber. The above-ground stems are variable, being cylindrical to globular. The areoles bear flexible yellow spines and white wool. Overall, the above-ground growth can often form a cushion-plant habit. The flowers are bright magenta, and the fruits are dehiscent. Grusonia pulchella grows in gravelly alluvial fans, often above salt flats or alkali basins. Specimens can be locally common, although they are difficult to locate, often growing under other shrubs such as shadscale.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.4" - 5.9", Summer Precipitation: 1.32" - 1.51", Coldest Month: 38.5" - 38.6", Hottest Month: 68.4" - 68.6", Humidity: 4.02" - 23.07", Elevation: 5176" - 5257"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sagebrush 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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