Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida
Stem segments appearing spiny from afar, obscuring strongly mammillate tubercles beneath. Spines of stems interlaced with spines of adjacent areoles, longest usually 2.5–3 cm; sheaths baggy. 2n = 22, 33.
Phenology: Flowering spring–fall (Apr–Sep).
Habitat: Sonoran desert scrub, sandy flats, rocky slopes, rolling hillsides
Elevation: 300-1100 m
Ariz., Mexico (Sonora), escaped in South Africa