My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“I'm a firm believer in getting students out of the classroom and into experiences in nature. If students get out of their element, in a new place that stimulates their senses, that's where the best learning happens.”
Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Baer

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 erinacea
Cactaceae

Height: 1'

Stem: Stems spread 3' in diameter. The pads are blue-green, flat, elliptical and grows to 5" long and 2" wide. The spines are 5". They also have tiny, barbed hairs known as glochids common to all prickly-pears and chollas.

Flowers/Fruit: The flower is red to pink to yellow depending on its location. It is 3" wide with many petals. The fruit is brown, elliptical and 1 1/43" long.

Form/Habitat: Sandy or gravel soils on slopes 3,000' to 7,000' in the desert and woodlands.


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