|Christmas Cholla, Opuntia leptocaulis|
|Christmas Cholla Flower||Christmas Cholla Fruit|
Christmas Cholla Cactus
The Christmas Cholla commonly grows to 2' but will grow taller within other shrubs. Stem joints are only about 1/8" thick (smaller than pencil cholla). Each areole only has one long (2") spine.
This spiny cactus often lives within other shrubs, blending in. The flowers are beautiful but only bloom during the late afternoon.
This upright, shrub-like plant has many branches made up of slender, cylindrical joints. These narrow, spiny branches often twist together with the branches of adjacent plants to form inpenetrable thickets. New growth is dark green. With age the branches and trunk develop a scaly bark and turn pale tan. Small, attractive, yellowish-green flowers are followed by bright red fruits which cling to the stem into winter.
Height: Up To About 2' but it sometimes grows within the protection of the stems and leaves of other plants up to 3', so it can be hidden.
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