My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“My classes stress the interconnectedness of knowledge. A recent Fulbright fellowship provided the opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. My teaching at Colby-Sawyer College is enhanced thanks to this experience.”
Fine and Performing Arts Professor Jon Keenan

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 fulgida

Height: Up to 15'

Stem: The joints are green and cylindrical up to 6" long. They detach very easily. The spines are yellowish, barbed and 1 1/4" long in clusters of 2 to 12. They also have tiny, barbed hairs known as glochids common to all prickly-pears and chollas.

Flowers/Fruit: In bloom May to August. The flowers are deep pink. It is 3/4" wide at the top. They bloom on top of the previous years fruit forming what appears to be a chain. and contain many petals. The fruit is green, oval, 1 1/2" long and contains spines. The fruit is also infertile. Instead, the cholla reproduces by dropping joints which will root and grow.

Form/Habitat: Found in the desert and hillsides from 1,000' to 3,000'. Thier range is only sothern Arizona.

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