My Colby-Sawyer Experience

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Natural Sciences Professor Laura Alexander

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 engelmannii

Height: 5'

Stem: Stems spread 15' in diameter. The pads are green to blue-green and oblong shaped. Pads grow up to 16" long, 9" wide. The spines are ash-grey, 3" long and can be flat, curved or straight. They also have tiny, barbed hairs known as glochids common to all prickly-pears and chollas.

Flowers/Fruit: In bloom April to June. The flower is bright yellow and 3 1/4" wide. It is found on the on the edge of the pad and contains many petals. The fruit is purplish-red and cylindrical 3" long.

Form/Habitat: Found in the sandy soils of the flats, valleys and hills of the grasslands and deserts from 1,500' to 7,500'. They range from southern California to western Texas.

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