This member of the Cactaceae
family was described by William Jackson Hooker in 1848. It is from the
northern central part of Mexico. Well-drained soil, some water and
light shade to full sun. The stem (almost caudex) grows to 20
centimetres in diameter and the plant can grow to 70 centimetres.
The flowers are yellow, and it can also be reproduced by cuttings.
The genera name was given in honour of
Maximilian Eugen Joseph,1817-1852, duke of Leuchtenberg and
amateur botanist. The species name means 'distinguished' or 'noble'.