Cylindropuntia leptocaulis

Common Name:  Pencil cactus, Cholla, Tasajillo

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stems and fruit fruits--How on Earth can these fruits be growing new stems?  Because these fruits are typically ripe during the winter, Opuntia leptocaulis is sometimes called Christmas cholla.

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stems--members of the genus Opuntia that have cylindrical stems (rather than flattened stems, as in prickly-pears) are commonly called chollas (pronounced "choya") new growth in Spring--these new pads are covered with young leaves, which will fall off once the pads fully expand

succulent leaves in Spring--also notice the spines developin above each young leaf habit--Opuntia leptocaulis can become very woody with age (the woody shrub in the center of the picture)!