Freely clustering, body elongate, up to 60 cm high, 6 cm wide, with milky sap. Tubercles prominent, conical. Axils with 15-20 whitish bristles. Central spines 4, to 15 mm long, whitish, tips brownish, sometimes hooked. Radial spines 20-30, to 5-10 mm long, white or pinkish. Flowers small, red. Fruit becoming 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.