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Plant Form: Upright succulent shrub.
Size: Up to 1.5 m tall.
Stem: Dark bluish-green, cylindrical, fleshy, branching. Covered in white 1 cm long spines.
Leaves: Up to 1 cm long. Short lived.
Flowers: Pink or red, up to 6 cm across. Cup-shaped.
Fruit and Seeds: Deep green or greenish-yellow egg to urn-shaped, up to 4.5 cm long.
Habitat: Grasslands, shrublands, woodlands.
Distinguishing Features: Can be very similar to Eve's needle cactus (Austrocylindropuntia subulata) but is generally smaller with shorter spines. It may also be mistaken for other cacti.