Micranthocereus auriazureus Buining Brederoo 1973

Plants branching basally, forming clusters to 1.1 m (3.6 ft) high. Stems columnar, hazy blue, 6-7 cm (2.4-2.8 in) in diameter. Ribs 15-18, rounded, separated by vertical wavy furrows, forming tubercles. Areoles on tubercles, golden yellow, becoming gray with age. Spines several, radiating, 10-13 mm (0.4—0.5 in) long, dark golden yellow, becoming light yellow with age, not easily distinguishable as centrals and radials. Cephalia not strongly differentiated, with abundant wool. Flowers open at night, cylindrical, bright lilac-pink or orange-pink, to 2.5 cm (1 in) long and 1.1 cm (0.4 in) in diameter. Fruits berrylike, pale pink, 1.8 cm (0.7 in) long, 1.41.6 cm (0.6 in) in diameter. Distribution: Grao Mogol region, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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