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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), cactus native to California, Arizona, and Nevada (USA) and northwestern Mexico. Grow in desert regions at elevations from 100 to 300 ft (30 to 91 m)Desert pack rats like Desert Woodrat gather balls of fallen stems around their burrows to create a defense against predators. Teddy-bear cholla is extremely flammable. Joshua Tree National Park, created 1994 with passage of California Desert Protection Act (previously National Monument Est. 1936). 790,636 acres (319,959 ha) or 1,235 sq. mi. Colorado Desert, Riverside County, CA.