Botanical name: Cylindropuntia ramosissima Family: Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Synonyms: Opuntia ramosissima, Grusonia ramosissima
Branched Pencil Cholla is a decumbent or erect and tree-like cactus which can approach 6 ft in maximum height. It has many narrow branches made up of cylindrical segments, green in color drying gray, the surface divided into squarish, flat tubercles with few or no spines, or often with a single long, straight spine. The flowers range from pale yellow to rosy-pink with pale green filaments and white, rose, or light green styles. The fruit is a small, dry, very spiny body up to 2 cm long. Branched Pencil Cholla is native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of the Southwestern United States.
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