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|Family: Cactaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Grusonia||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Grusonia pulchella (Engelm.) H. Rob.
Habit: Perennial herb generally < 0.2 m diam, occasionally much larger. Stem: 10--20 cm, single to clumped, from glochid-covered tuber; segments narrowly club-shaped to cylindric, generally terminal < 10 cm, 0.5--2.5 cm diam; tubercles occasionally 0, generally 6--9 mm, < 1.5 mm high. Spines: < 15, < 6 cm, bulbous at base, largest flat, sharply angled; sheath separating only near tip; glochids of tuber generally 1--1.5 cm. Flower: inner perianth pink-magenta, 1.5--2.5 cm; filaments green to yellow. Fruit: 2--3 cm, fleshy, red; spines generally thin, numerous, crowded. Seed: 3--6 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=22.
Ecology: Borders of dry lakes, sandy flats; Elevation: 1500--1700 m. Bioregional Distribution: SNE; Distribution Outside California: Nevada, western Utah. Flowering Time: May--Jun Note: Highly variable; juvenile forms occasionally flower.
Synonyms: Opuntia pulchella Engelm.
eFlora Treatment Author: Marc Baker, Bruce D. Parfitt & Jon Rebman
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Grusonia parishii
Next taxon: Mammillaria
Citation for this treatment: Marc Baker, Bruce D. Parfitt & Jon Rebman 2016. Grusonia pulchella, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=88997, accessed on February 12, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 12, 2016.