This member of the Cactaceae
family was given this name by Wolfgang
Blum & Dieter Waldeis in 1999. It is found in
Mexico and Texas, growing in grit with little water and lots of sun.
The caudex can grow up to ten or even fifteen centimetres in diameter, the branches
up to 120 centimetres in height. The flowers are variations of
The genera name
means 'thorny Cereus'. The species name after Marcel Kroenlein,
1928-1994, director of Jardin Exotique in Monaco.