chain cholla Cactaceae Cylindropuntia
fulgida (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth
|Leaf: Reduced to a spine, young branches are covered with 1/2 to 1 inch silvery-yellow spines, darkening with age, slower growing or older branches with sparse, shorter spines.
Flower: Pink, one inch, displayed at the joint tips (or old fruit tips), mid-summer.
Fruit: Generally sterile, pear-shaped to nearly round, wrinkled with a few spines, fleshy and green, 1 1/2 inch long, often producing flowers the following year which will result in a distinctive chain of fruits.
Twig: Segmented, each segment blue-green or yellow-green, to 5 inches long and 2 inches in diameter.
Bark: Brown-black, becoming rough and scaly.
Form: Generally upright segmented cactus with one low-branching trunk, to 12 feet, with drooping branches of chained fruit.
Looks like: Teddy bear cholla
- buckhorn cholla
- tree cholla
- cane cholla
| Additional Range Information:
Cylindropuntia fulgida is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting chain cholla.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
|© Copyright 2016, Virginia Tech|
Dept. of Forest Resources
and Environmental Conservation,
all rights reserved.
Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson