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It is a slowly growing massive barrel cactus usually solitary that grows huge in habitat ( up to 2,5 m tall , 1,5 m wide). It could live more than a hundred years. The stem is grey-blue ± tuberculate and nice when small, whilst large plants are heavily ribbed with numerous areoles forming a continuous line. Spines are black. Flowers: from end of spring to summer only on larger mature specimens receiving enough full sun. They are diurnal, vivid yellow. Mature specimens often have a somewhat sway-backed, saddle-shaped apex, densely covered in white wool, where their flowers emerge.
Jardín particular en El Carmolí (Cartagena).
El pueblo Huichol lo llama “Aikutsi”, lo usaban para sus ceremonias ya que contiene alcaloides