Cholla (choy-YA) is a part of the cactus family (Cactacea) and the genus cylindropuntia (“cylindrical stems”). There are several species of cholla in the Sonoran Desert. And with that introduction, our first Cacti Of The Week:
Grows in a bush like orientation up to about 1 meter tall (some can grow to as large as 2 meters). Pencil cholla has short, narrow stem segments with sparse, but long, spines. The pencil cholla flowers in May-June and produces small fruit.