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Erect or leaning, branches 0, occasionally branched from tip-injury.
Stem: (0)10–200(300) cm, 10–35 cm diam, depressed-spheric to short-columnar, hard, glabrous, not segmented; ribs 13–31, prominent; tubercles not conspicuous on ribs.
Spines: 10–32 per areole, 2–4.5 mm wide, generally awl-shaped, generally flat, ringed with conspicuous ridges, straight to curved or ± hooked, some bristle-like; central spines generally 4 per areole.
Flower: ± terminal, near distal edge of spine cluster, 3–6 cm diam; perianth yellow to red [or purple, or white with ± purple midstripes]; ovary glabrous, spines 0, scales numerous, generally rounded, margins minutely fringed or toothed.
Fruit: spheric, ovoid, or cylindric, glabrous, spineless, dehiscent by basal pore.
Seed: 1.5–3 mm, spheric to subreniform, pitted, black.
25 species: sw US, Mex. (Latin: fierce cactus) [Taylor 1984 Bradleya 2:19–38]
1. Perianth generally maroon outside, generally yellow within; stem generally > 0.4 m, 25–50 cm diam; ribs (18)21–31; inland ..... F. cylindraceus
1' Perianth ± all green-yellow; stem generally < 0.2 m, 10–25 cm diam; ribs 13–21; coastal ..... F. viridescens
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