The last cactus photo was a very young Teddy Bear Cholla and here is one less than 2 feet tall with many branches. This is not full grown, although the ground perspective gives it an illusion of a larger size. The soft focus, yet somewhat eerie looking background complements and contrasts the cactus. And with those spines will be well protected in this environment.
As you can see there are a couple of branches that have fallen from the trunk and not laying on the ground. Possibly the branches have become attached to a passerby and transported elsewhere, to grow a new specimen.
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I found this cactus while hiking around looking for saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix. It is a young Teddy Bear Cholla cactus growing among the rocks. It is about 6 inches tall and with the low point of view, looks much larger. The camera is on the ground, looking up slightly. The green plant behind the Cholla is an ocotillo. This is one of my favorites, because of the look of this young plant growing from the rocks and the unusual point of view.
The official name is Cylindropuntia bigelovii. It is native to California, Nevada, Arizona & Northwestern Mexico. They grow up to five feet in height with many branches covered in spines. From a distant the Cholla looks to be fuzzy, therefore the name Teddy Bear Cholla. Like its cousin Jumping Cholla, the branches fall off easy and attach to clothing or animal fur and easily starts new plants elsewhere. So over time small “forests” of Chollas will fill the desert floor.
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