Monday, April 4, 2011

cylindrical stems

Cholla

Chollas are a genus of cacti. Mostly found in the southwest United States, chollas are also 'found' in Central/South America and Australia.

Chollas are 'Cylindropunti' - meaning they have cylindrical stems. Not flat stems.

There are pencil chollas. Teddy bear chollas. Christmas chollas. jumping chollas. Cane chollas. Dog chollas. Silver chollas, diamond chollas. 


Sometimes, you just find dead cholla.  Everywhere. In abundance.

11 comments:

Adsila said...

It's dead but makes for a wonderful picture.

Stella said...

Do little creatures make the dead ones into their homes? Snakes, Gila's or whatever?

Good pix!

Stella

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

ARGH! chollas! My favorite is the last one...a dead cholla!

Willoughby said...

The dead stems look almost like coral!

Rohrerbot said...

Chollas are beautiful and very prickly!!:) They will stick on your everywhere.

Sandra said...

i am an avid fan of all things western, and have read a few thousand western novels and in every one of them the word cholla was there. this is my first view of one, i am impressed with how many there can be. hope you find a teddy bear cholla, i want to see one. the first photo is beautiful with the view of the tall cactus in the back. like that lots.

Kathy said...

My favorite are jumping chollas but the teddy bears are pretty darned cute. You must post a picture of one for Sandra!

altadenahiker said...

I like your Window Cholla. Teddy bear?

Snapper II said...

I realy like these photos. Question, What makes the holes in them? because the holes add to the interest. This is great I've never seen anything like this.

Barb said...

That little heart shape in the dead cholla is just perfect.

Banjo52 said...

AZ Botany 101. I've heard a lot of easterners say they like the desert in AZ.