Plants more or less erect, few-branched from the base and occasionally from above, 2-3 m (6.6-9.8 ft) high. Stems erect or curving outward and upward, 3-6 cm (1.2-2.4 in) in diameter. Ribs 11-13, rounded to somewhat triangular, undulate. Spines 24-32 or more with age, yellowish brown, becoming gray with age. Central spines about 4, 10-30 mm (0.4-1.2 in) long. Radial spines 4-8 mm (to 0.3 in) long.
Flowers open during the day, arising laterally from the previous year's areoles, bell shaped, yellow, 28-33 mm (1.1-1.3 in) long, 25-35 mm (1-1.4 in) in diameter; pericarpels and floral tubes scaly, spiny, and woolly. Fruits red, globose, somewhat tuberculate, 10 mm (0.4 in) in diameter, spineless below. Distribution: near El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico. xMyrtgerocactus lindsayi, a naturally occurring hybrid, Myrtillocactus cochal x Bergerocactus emoryi, is extremely rare in the wild.
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