Eriosyce villosa is a small solitary cactus densely folded by
Stem: Subglobose to Globose becoming elongated, green or very
dark green (almost black) or dark red, up to 15 cm tall, 8 cm in
Root: Large tuberose tap-root.
Ribs: 13-15 Deeply notched between areoles.
Spines: ± dense, long, glassy gold-brownish to black
central spines with thin bristle like grey radials, the number of spines
(especially the bristly radials) is quite variable.
Flowers: Bright magenta, borne on young areoles, 2-2,5 cm in
diameter, Pericarpels and floral tubes with long wool and gassy white
Blooming time: Blooms early in the year. Occasionally forms some
buds late in the previous year, and it can sometimes flower during the
winter, although the main burst of flowering is in April.
Fruit: Elongate, red, dehiscing by basal pores.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Eriosyce villosa.