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Plant Form: Upright succulent shrub.
Size: Usually 1-2 m tall, but up to 4 m.
Stem: Bluish-green circular pads up to 40 cm diameter with clusters of numerous barbed bristles and sharp spines 1-4 cm long.
Leaves: Small, scale-like, shed quickly.
Flowers: Yellow, with reddish streaks at the back, 5-8 cm across.
Fruit and Seeds: Pink to purple, barrel-shaped, with fine hairs or bristles.
Habitat: Arid areas, grasslands.
Distinguishing Features: Circular bluish pads distinguish from other Opuntioid cacti (Opuntia species).