This young(er) teddybear cholla in Joshua Tree National Park is still mostly covered with fresh spines, all pale, dense, and waiting for a passerby to touch it, enabling a piece to be broken off and carried off to start another plant as soon as it touched the ground. I was unfortunate enough to have a piece stuck to my bare calf, then had my hand stuck to it as I tried to pull it off of me. It was shockingly painful, much more so than any other California cactus I happened to get pricked by.
- © 2013
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- Cylindropuntieae, Cactaceae (Cactus Family)