Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli, Llifle.com.
This member of the Cactaceae family was given this name by
David Richard Hunt in 2003. It is found
in a single area of Nuevo León in Mexico, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to six
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to twelve centimetres in
flowers are pale to bright yellow.
The genera naem from Greek;
aster, 'star' and phyton; 'plant'. The species name referring to its
resemblance with the head of Medusa.
Regarding the basionym: Velazco and Neárez forgot to write "sp. nov".
in their description, and it was thereby invalid. That made it
possible for Hunt to publish it with his name on.