Cholla blossom and buds, Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus NM, April 22, 2016

Desert Spring

Cholla, Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus NM

April 22, 2016

Blooming Desert

It's that time of year again and if the number of fat cactus buds I'm seeing here at Pancho Villa is any indication, the next few days should be spectacular!

Cane Cholla, Spiny Cholla, Walking Stick Cactus

Cylindropuntia spinosior, known as cane cholla, spiny cholla and walkingstick cactus, is a cactus species native to the North American deserts of Arizona and New Mexico in the United States; and Chihuahua and Sonora in Mexico.

Cylindropuntia spinosior grows to between 0.4 and 1.2 metres in height and has spine-covered stems. Flowers may be rose, red purple, yellow, or white and appear from spring to early summer. These are followed by fruits that are yellow with occasional red or purple tinges.