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The first picture is from early spring, the second is a more recent picture.

I have never seen this type of cactus before and would appreciate if some could identify it.

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    It looks like some kind of Cholla. – Debbie M. Aug 31 '16 at 16:34
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After extensively combing over google images for the Cylindropuntia and Austrocylindropuntia genus, I have determined that the particular species in question is:

Cylindropuntia spinosior fa. monstruosa

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    Nice one! I'm glad my inkling towards some type of Opuntia was somewhat on-track. – Brenn Aug 31 '16 at 16:54

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