Clustering, body elongate 3-4 cm wide. Tubercles prominent, conical. Axils with a few bristles. Central spines 4, 10-12 mm long, blackish-brown above, lower spine longer and hooked. Radial spines 18-20, 5-7 mm long, needle-like, tan at base, white or pale yellow above. Flowers crimson 15 mm long, 12 mm wide. Fruit pink.
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.