Species Details

Grusonia pulchella

beautiful cholla

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Photo of Grusonia pulchella
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Photo of Grusonia pulchella
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Photo of Grusonia pulchella
© 1990 Gary A. Monroe
Scientific Name:
Grusonia pulchella (Engelm.) H. Rob.
Common Name:
beautiful cholla
Family: Cactaceae
Element Code: PDCAC0D120
USDA Plants Symbol: GRPU3
Synonyms/Other Names:
CA Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2
Fed List: None
State List: None
Global Rank: G4
State Rank:
S2
Other Status:
CRPR Changes:
changed from 2.2 to 2B.2 on 2013-06-12
Add Date: 1988-01-01
Date Edited: 2022-01-05
Lifeform: perennial stem
Blooming Period: May(Jun)
Elevation:
1500 - 1980 meters
4920 - 6495 feet
General Habitat:
  • Desert dunes
  • Great Basin scrub
  • Mojavean desert scrub
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
  • Sandy
Notes:
Threatened by grazing impacts. See Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 2:201 (1863) for original description, and MadroƱo 32(2):123 (1985) for first CA records.
Threats:
Taxonomy:
Other:
Total Occurrences: 11
Element Occurrence Ranks:
A B C D X U
0 3 1 0 0 7
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 5
Recent <=20 Years 6
Presence:
Presumed Extant 11
Possibly Extirpated 0
Presumed Extirpated 0
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
California (CA), Nevada (NV), Utah (UT)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Inyo (INY), Mono (MNO)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Chocolate Mtn. (3711748), Crooked Creek (3711841), Deep Springs Lake (3711831), Dyer (3711861), Indian Garden Creek (3711758), Laws (3711843), Risue Canyon (3811954), Soldier Pass (3711738), Station Peak (3711851), Sylvania Canyon (3711747)
Notes:
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.

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Presumed Extant
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