This plant is native to Carrizal Bajo to Totoralillo, Atacama Region 3, Chile. As a seedling this plant has a dark brown body, but as it matures it changes to a lime green color with jet black and brown spines that fade to grey with age. Slow growing, but will offset to form a cluster with age. It grows best in part shade with moderate water during the summer and little to no water during winter. The flower is a yellow color.