Cactus of the Week: Whipple Cholla

We’ve left Arizona and the Sonoran Desert but Cactus of the Week continues with cacti found on the Colorado Plateau!

Whipple cholla
Cylindropuntia whipplei

While hiking in the foothills of the La Sal Mountains, we spotted this example of Whipple cholla. This is considered the “prostrate” form of the species; the whipple cholla can also grow to be 12-24″ tall more like the buckhorn cholla of the Sonoran Desert. The whipple cholla is found at high elevations (3,000-8,000′).

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