Description: Usually solitary, clustering only
after many years, from the base, cylindrical cereoid stem, erect or
decumbent, 10-40 cm tall , 2,5-5 cm in diameter
Ribs: 18, vertical or spiralling divided into rounded tubercles
sometimes with or sometimes without
Spines: Central spines 4-5, 10-26 mm long, white to black,
straight, acicular. Radial spines 20-25, 12-15 mm long, white, straight,
Flowers: 35-75 mm wide, magenta, with paler throat.
They appear in
Roots: have a tuberose swollen root
Note: At the base the plant body has a very thin collar that
cannot bear the weight of the stem, so eventually it grows lying on the
ground. (it is a good hanging like Thelocactus)
Cultivation: Easy to cultivate, but very slow
growing. Water regularly from Spring to Autumn, but do not over-water
(root prone). It needs good drainage and very porous potting mix.
Winter, keep dry.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Reproduction: From seed, since the plant rarely produces