Arizona Pencil Cholla
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Arizona Pencil Cholla
P Introduced Unknown Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Arizona Pencil Cholla
Botanical name: Cylindropuntia arbuscula    Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Synonyms: Opuntia arbuscula, Cylindropuntia vivipara

Arizona Pencil Cholla is a tree or shrub growing up to 3 m tall. The stems are 6-11 cm long by 0.5-3 cm wide with 0-2 spines per areole. The spines, which often point downward, are yellow or red-brown, aging black, with yellowish sheaths. The plant has small flowers that can be green to pale reddish-orange. The filaments are dark green to bronze. Style is white and sometimes light orange distally. The stigma is pale green. The fruits are green, fleshy, and mostly spineless. Arizona Pencil Cholla is native to Arizona, Mexico.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Tamil Nadu.

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