Cylindropuntia fulgida (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth var. fulgida
Opuntia mamillata Schott 1856
Opuntia fulgida var. mamillata (Schott) J. M. Coulter 1896
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillata (Schott) Backeberg 1958
Opuntia fulgida Engelm.
Opuntia fulgida Engelm. var. fulgida
Jumping cholla, chain-fruit cholla, boxing-glove cactus, boxing-glove cholla, brinkadora, club cactus, smooth chain-fruit cholla, Sonoran jumping cholla
Jumping cholla (pronounced “KOY-ya”) is native to North America.
Identification: These cacti look more treelike, branching into irregular crowns. Stem segments are gray-green, eventually turning black, and spiny. The segments are 2-9" (6-23 cm) long and ¾-1¼" (2-3.5 cm) around. The areoles under each group of spines are triangular, with 0-18 spines per group. Spines are up to 1¼" (3.5 cm) long. They are yellow, but get darker with age. Flowers are pink to magenta. Fruits form long chains like teardrops attached to each other; each fruit is fleshy, green, nearly spineless, ¾-2" (2-5.5 cm) long.
These cholla, like their cousins teddy bear cholla, have a reputation for launching attacks on unwary passers-by. I can personally attest to this, having found a good-sized clump embedded in the leather of my shoe. There are two reasons for this reputation. First, cholla have glochids, tiny groups of spines that detach easily and implant themselves into skin, causing immediate irritation. The second reason is that small portions of chollas routinely break off, littering the desert floor, attaching easily to passing victims, and growing new cacti wherever they end up.
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida on Wikipedia
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida on cabezaprieta.org
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida on Wikimedia Commons
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida on CalPhotos
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 8b-10b: