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Public Lands
In the Cholla Garden
In the Cholla Garden

Cylindropuntia bigelovii, the teddy bear cholla (choy-ya), is a cholla cactus species native to Northwestern Mexico, and to the United States in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Desert pack rats such as the desert woodrat gather these balls around their burrows, creating a defense against most predators like kit fox and coyote, however several species of […]

Giant Nolina
Giant Nolina

Nolina parryi, aka Parry’s Nolina, Giant Nolina, or Bear’s Nolina, is a hardy desert plant with long, thin, flexible leaves that make it easy to tell apart from Joshua trees or yuccas. In the spring, Nolinas can grow a very tall flower stalk– up to 12 feet tall. The flowers are cream-colored and appear like […]

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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