Body erect or creeping cylindrical to 20 cm with 8-10 ribs. Areoles with 7-12 brown or blackish tipped white spines to 20 mm long. Flowers crimson, 12 cm long.
var. gentryi (Clover) N.P. Taylor Erect or creeping cylindrical to 15 cm, 1.5-4 cm wide with 4-5(-7) ribs. Areoles spineless or with 8-12 radial spines to 2 mm long. Flowers bright pink 8-12 cm long.
Source: (1997). Echinocereus. 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.