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Christmas Cholla, Desert Christmas Cactus

Cylindropuntia leptocaulis


The fruit begin changing to bright red in the autumn and decorate this cactus through much of the winter season. An intricately branched succulent occasionally up to 2 m tall. The joint-segments are pencil-thin and ca. 6 cm long. Long, thin needle-like spines are yellow when young. Yellow-green open mostly in May or June.


This cactus was growing on Boothill in Tombstone, Az.

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Tombstone, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Nov 4, 2012
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012

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