Found in the provinces of La Rioja and Salta, Argentina, this species grows and blooms in a very dry environment on rocky soil, where few other plants can survive. Also known as Opuntia alexanderi Britton & Rose, in Spanish it's called Bola de Indio. It's a small low depressed or erect succulent plant with some spherical branches forming spiny cushions. Globose, egg-shaped or shortly cylindrical stems, greyish green tuberculate, covered with spines and readily detached. Produces a large pinkish-white flower.
Pot 10.5 cm