Pfeiffer, Enum. Cact. 154 (1837).
Synonymy: Cactus microdasys Lehm., Ind. Sem. Hamburg. 1827:16 (1827).
Common name: Rabbit ears, bunny-ears.
Shrub to 1 m high; joints flattened, orbicular to oblong, velvety-pubescent, yellowish-green, 7-15 cm long; areoles close-set, with many yellow glochids arranged in conspicuous tufts, occasionally with a short yellow spine; leaves deciduous.
Flowers yellow or tinged red, 4-5 cm across.
Fruits subglobose, red.
Image source: fig. 189d in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Graf (1963) Exotica 3:479, 482.
S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU. Native to Texas, U.S.A. There are forms with paler glochids, even white.
Flowering time: late spring — summer.
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