Its name derives from the Cochim, an Indian tribe that originally comes from Baja California, the main land of the origin of this species. Often considered a subgenus of the Mammillaria due to its similar characteristics. However, it has many pecularities that distinguish it: first of all its particularly large asymmetrical inflorescences, of a tubular shape and bright colors, mostly of red shades. Its stems are usually cylindrical and reach considerable heights with their central hooked spines which easily differentiate them from other species and give it a very particular look. They are not very common plants on the market, because they need rather hot and dry climates, however, with some extra attention, they will be able to brighten up your environments thanks to their unusual appearance and extremely showy flowers!