Small shrub, branching crosswise (like E. aeruginosa) from soil level and above. Main root (of a cutting) thickened and building an underground caudex. Branches ascending, obscurely 4-angled, almost cylindrical, dark green with continuous light green markings between the angles. Leaves 1 mm, scale-like, soon deciduous. Spine shields separate, oblong triangular, 1 cm long, 1.5-2 cm apart. Spines spread in an angle of 40-45 degrees, 1 cm long, purplish brown, then gray with a darker tip. Prickles spread in an angle of almost 180 degrees, 1 mm. Cymes solitary, simple; peduncle c. 1.5-2 mm; cyme branches 3-7 mm long. Cyathia c. 7 mm in diameter, red. Glands almost semi-circular, touching, bright orange.
This true beauty that seems of East African origin is of easy care and freely flowers in autumn.
Frank Vincentz, Germany