Plants shrubby, branching basally, to 5 m (16 ft) high. Stems dark green, slender, sometimes bending over, 3-5 cm (1.2-2 in) in diameter. Ribs 11-14, to 5 mm high with V-shaped furrows. Areoles 2-3 mm in diameter. Central spines about 6, yellowish, 0.7-3 cm (0.3-1.2 in) long. Radial spines about 15, fine, straight, to 0.7 cm (0.3 in) long. Cephalia borne laterally at first, later encircling the stem tips, to 1 m (3.3 ft) long, 3-4 cm (1.2-1.6 in) wide, with yellowish flexible to bristly spines 3-4 cm (1.2-1.6 in) long. Flowers tubular, yel-lowto red, to 5 cm (2 in) long. Fruits reddish, to 2 cm (0.8 in) long and 3 cm (1.2 in) in diameter. Seeds small, glossy black. Distribution: near Inquisivi, La Paz, Bolivia.
Cephalocleistocactus chrysocephalus, photograph by Urs Eggli
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