Cylindropuntia prolifera or Snake Cholla

Snake Cholla photo by Gary Junker.jpg
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Cylindropuntia prolifera or Snake Cholla grows in coastal sage scrub or chaparral and is a sprawling cactus that can reach up to 3 meters both in height and width. Producing yellow flowers and greenish-yellow fruit, it is known for its reverse barbs which come off easily when brushed earning it the name “Jumping Cholla.”  Several of these species have been planted in the Park near the front gate and along the slopes to the south west.