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Physical Setting
Climate
Adaptations
Tucson Plants
Tucson Animals
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Pencil Cholla (Opuntia arbuscula)
pencil chollaDESCRIPTION: May grow to 9' tall, but usually less. Stem joints are about 1/2" thick (wider than Christmas Cholla) and up to 6" long. Each areole only has 1-4 spines (the longest to 1.5" usually faces downward). Flowers are greenish to yellow to brownish-red. (5/8" wide). Fruits (1.5" long) are green with hints of purplish and stay on plant through the winter.
NATURAL HISTORY: Flowers bloom May to June.

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