Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: What is this poof on my cactus?

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Oct 13, 2013 12:49 PM CST
I've been curious about this for awhile. It's been there about 6 months, I've had the cactus for about a year. It was bought on a dollar shelf with three others, the other two died shortly after being brought home but this little fella survived. The poof has been growing. Is it a bloom? A deformity?

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Most SW continental US, Calif, (Zone 9b)
Oct 13, 2013 9:23 PM CST
It is either a bud (flower to come) or a branch. But if it has been there for 6 months, it may be a bud that aborted. Take a stick & gently touch it to see if it will fall off easily. If it doesn't, leave it alone & watch (or don't watch) it grow.

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