"The drag had caught in a cholla"

Cholla garden
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCholla garden - Credit: Florian Boyd

A cholla is a type of cactus native to North, Central and South America.They vary in size from tiny plants only noticeable when blooming to small trees about 10 feet in height.

The cane cholla is the most common species of cholla in New Mexico. It is a bushy cactus with spiny, finely barbed stems which are notoriously difficult to remove from flesh.