|Pencil Cholla (Opuntia arbuscula)|
DESCRIPTION: 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.