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Grusonia pulchella (Engelm.) H. Rob.
sagebrush cholla

General Information
Symbol: GRPU3
Group: Dicot
Family: Cactaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Native Status: L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
Distribution Map
green distribution legend Present blank legend Absent/Unreported

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Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
OPBA3 Opuntia barkleyana (Daston) Rowley
OPBR3 Opuntia brachyrhopalica (Daston) Rowley
OPGR6 Opuntia gracilicylindrica (Wiegand & Backeb.) Rowley
OPPU Opuntia pulchella Engelm. sagebrush cholla
OPPY2 Opuntia pygmaea (Wiegand & Backeb.) Rowley
OPSP6 Opuntia spectatissima (Daston) Rowley
OPTU5 Opuntia tuberculosirhopalica (Wiegand & Backeb.) Rowley
OPWI3 Opuntia wiegandii (Backeb.) Rowley


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae – Cactus family
Genus Grusonia Rchb. ex Britton & Rose – cholla
Species Grusonia pulchella (Engelm.) H. Rob. – sagebrush cholla

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Opuntia pulchella
sand cholla
Salvage restricted
Opuntia pulchella
sand cholla
Protected as a Cactus, Yucca, or Christmas tree



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

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