My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“Anytime students are talking with their families about what they're learning, that really pleases me.”
Humanities Assistant Professor Margaret Wiley

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Opuntia acanthocarpa
Cactaceae

Height: 5' to 10'

Stem: They are treelike in the west and become shrub-like as they move easterly. The joints are green and cylindrical up to 20" long and 1 1/4" in diameter with elongated bumps known as tubercles. The spines are 1 1/2" long in clusters of 12. They also have tiny, barbed hairs known as glochids common to all prickly-pears and chollas.

Flowers/Fruit: In bloom April to May. The flowers color ranges from yellow to orange to red depending on its location. It is 2 1/4" wide at the top. They bloom at the top of the pad and contain many petals. The fruit is oval, 1 1/2" long and contains long spines.

Form/Habitat: Found in the sandy soils of washes and slopes from 1,000' to 4,000'. They range from southwestern California to eastern Arizona north to Utah.


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