with . . .
one stem emerging from the ground or
multiple stems emerging from the ground at one point :

Knobby-looking branches that bifurcate into smaller branches in a fractal pattern

spines=light, dense;                stem bark=darker
jumping cholla Cylindropuntia fulgida

spines=dark, uneven length;  stem bark=lighter
staghorn cholla Cylindropuntia echinocarpa

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Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

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