Tree-like, up to 5 meters high; joints 2 to 3 cm. in diameter, 5 to 7-ribbed; ribs strongly crenate; areoles 1 to 1.5 cm. apart; spines light brown, long and acicular, the longest ones 9 cm. long; fruit subglobose, 7 to 8 cm. long, bearing clusters of short spines, these early deciduous.
Collected by Britton, Cowell, and Shafer in coastal woods, Ensenada de Mora, Province of Oriente, Cuba, March 20 to 29, 1912, No. 13060.,
Figure 117 shows a fruit of the type specimen and figure 118 a branch.
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