Choola Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park
The teddybear cholla or "jumping cholla" (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) grow in the transition zone between the lower, warmer Colorado Desert and the higher, cooler Mojave Desert ecosystems (USDA, [2010e]). Note: although this variety of cholla is more ornamentally attractive than other cholla, they are particularly hazardous to pets and young children. The name "jumping cholla" is well deserved; the stiff and very sharp barbed spine can easily become imbedded in shoes and skin. Stay on the trail and do not attempt to touch the spines or collect the fallen branches!
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