He had scratches on his wrist, maybe from a cholla cactus or from sleeping under a mesquite tree.
Man and his domestic animals fear cholla more than any other plant on the desert!
Among these the cholla is at once one of the most fascinating and the most exasperating.
The flowers of this cholla are of yellowish and red shadings, appearing mostly at the tips of the branches.
cholla (Opuntia fulgida) ranges from Nevada southward into Mexico.
An occasional cholla may bloom for the second day, but this is a very uncommon occurrence.
So if you are to see this phenomenon you will have to be on time, for cholla never wait.
The flowers of this cholla are borne at the tips of the joints and are pale green suffused with purple.
The dried heaps of cholla stirred as if unseen paws had pressed them.
As they reached the open trail, thrush and to-hee fluttered from the cholla.