|The Pencil Cholla is a
Cactus Family. It
is a shrubby cactus which can grow to 9 feet in height and has many
cylindrical, smooth, jointed sections which are up to 6 inches in length
and 0.5 inches in diameter. The plant typically grows in the southern
portions of Arizona in sandy plains and washes at elevations between
1000 - 3000 feet.
The Pencil Cholla gets its name
from the many narrow jointed segments which comprise the cactus.
The Pencil Cholla typically blooms
between May - June and produces yellow, greenish or brown flowers to 1
inch in length, followed by a spineless red tinged fruit to 1.5 inches