Calflora
Taxon  Report   9987    
Grusonia pulchella  (Engelm.) H. Rob.
Sagebrush cholla
Grusonia pulchella
© 2010 Neal Kramer
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Grusonia pulchella
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Grusonia pulchella, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
also called Opuntia pulchella
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Grusonia pulchella
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Family: CACTACEAE  
Genus: Grusonia
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Sagebrush Scrub

Habitat: dunes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Opuntia barkleyana
PLANTS: Opuntia brachyrhopalica
PLANTS: Opuntia gracilicylindrica
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More information about  Grusonia pulchella
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (GRPU3)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).