This cactus is also commonly known by its old scientific name Horridocactus heinrichianus; it can be spiny or without spines. Generally it grows in the middle of very rocky soils, sometimes it can even remain dug-in, and only flowers emerge from the soil. Flowers are funnel-shaped and, unlike the other Neoporterias, they are of a yellow-cream color. The plant of a globular shape, depressed at the apex, has ribs similar to tubercles, with dark, upward-facing spines and areoles, which in the upper part are downy. It assumes a typical purplish or brown color, however always quite dark.