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Plant Form: Erect spreading multi stemmed shrub.
Size: Up to 2 m tall.
Stem: Light green pads 9-22 cm long, covered in bumps (areoles) each with 1-3 short, sometimes bent spines. Often develops a trunk up to 10 cm thick.
Flowers: Yellow, 5-7 cm wide.
Fruit and Seeds: Reddish-purple, egg-shaped, 5-7 cm long.
Habitat: Waste areas, arid areas.