Stems low, forming candelabrum-like masses; branches numerous, cylindric; ribs many, low, with closely set areoles bearing felt and numerous acicular spines; flowers narrow-funnelform, bearing small scales which subtend large spiny areoles; outer perianth-segments lanceolate; inner perianth-segments very narrow, long-acuminate, described as possibly white but more likely yellow; filaments very short; ovary obliquely subglobose, bearing scattered spiny areoles; fruit ellipsoid, very spiny, but in age probably naked.
The name is from the Greek, meaning short-cereus. Only one species is known, native of the Galapagos Islands.
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