This is one of 10 species of the genus Echinofossulocactus, all of which vary. They are native to Mexico. The name, derived from the Latin echinus, meaning hedgehog, and fossula, meaning furrow, reflects the characteristics of this genus. It is readily identified by the many narrow and wavy, lamella-like ribs. The ribs are not at first visible on young; they are formed only at the end of the first year. The upper spine is very striking – it is flat and papery. The , emerging from the crown, have a short tube with numerous, naked, leathery-edged scales and white petals. E. lloydii is popular with growers because it flowers very early in the spring.
Cultivation is not difficult. Theserequire light, but not direct sun. Water very sparingly in winter. Propagate from .