Body cylindrical eventually with offsets from the base. Tubercles conical; axillary areoles yellow glanded. Spines yellowish orange, to 2 cm long. Flowers yellow.
The other cylindrical bodies species C. clavata (Schweid.) Backeb. has whitish flowers.
Source: (1997). Cactaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.