Cholla gum

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Teddy bear cholla and prickly pear cactus


A sticky exudation obtained from any of several Opuntia family cactus many of which are native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. Examples include:

- prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii)

- Jumping cholla (Opuntia fulgida)

Synonyms and Related Terms

prickly pear cactus gum; prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii); Jumping cholla (Opuntia fulgida); goma de cholla (Esp.)

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Resources and Citations

  • John S. Mills, Raymond White, The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects, Butterworth Heineman, London, 2nd ed., 1994
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Virginia Tech Dendrology website at (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)