Clustering and mounding by offsets or dichotomous branching, body depressed globular, to 5 cm wide and 2 cm high, without milky sap. Tubercles obscure, conical. Axils woolly and bearing occasional bristles. Central spines lacking. Radial spines 30-40, 3-7 mm long, whitish or yellowish. Flowers whitish, 2 cm long, 1.5 cm wide with red or purple central stripe. Fruit red.
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.