Here's more info about jumping cactus
and a picture of a particularly unfortunate golfer!
Golfer falls into Jumping Chollah cactus
Found March 02, 2012 on Sportress of Blogitude: Yardbarker Blogger Network
Via Sportress of Blogitude:
Courtesy of @jtbourne comes this photo of one golfer’s particularly painful experience while playing some desert golf. According to the original tweet, this unidentified golfer apparently fell back into a Jumping Chollah during his swing, and as you can see, the situation got a little prickly from there.
For those unfamiliar with the cactus Cylindropuntia fulgida, some relevant qualities of the desert plant:
The “jumping cholla” name comes from the ease with which the stems detach when brushed, giving the impression that the stem jumped. Often the merest touch will leave a person with bits of cactus hanging on their clothes to be discovered later when either sitting or leaning on them. The ground around a mature plant will often be covered with dead stems, and young plants are started from stems that have fallen from the adult. They attach themselves to desert animals and are dispersed for short distances.