F. Ritter 1979 Buiningia purpurea Buining & Brederoo 1973
Plants erect, columnar, branching basally, to 90 cm (35 in) high. Stems deep green, to 10 cm (3.9 in) in diameter. Ribs 13. Spines golden yellow to red, later gray. Central spines 4, one as long as 7 cm (2.8 in), others 3-3.5 cm (1.2-1.4 in) long. Radial spines 12, spreading, needle-like, somewhat curved, 1.2-2.5 cm (0.5-1 in) long. Cephalia to 50 cm (20 in) long, with gray wool and golden yellow to brown bristles. Flowers tubular, purplish red, to 3 cm (1.2 in) long and 1.2 cm (0.5 in) in diameter. Fruits globose to oval, shiny red, 1.7-2.5 cm (0.7—1 in) long, to 1.7 cm (0.7 in) in diameter. Distribution: northeastern Minas Gerais, Brazil.
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