Tall, tree-like, 4 meters high or more, much branched; joints orbicular to oblong, 3 dm. long or less, shining; leaves subulate, 8 to 12 mm. long; areoles distant; spines few, rarely as many as 6, dull brown or horn-colored, the longest ones 4 cm. long, slightly twisted;, glochids yellow to brown; flowers at first yellow but in age red, 5 to 6 cm. long including the ovary; stigma-lobes yellowish green; fruit pyriform to short-oblong, 3 to 4 cm. long, red; seeds 5 mm. broad.
Type locality: Near Guadalajara, Mexico.
Distribution: Central Mexico.
We refer this species to our series Elatiores with hesitation.
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