North-central Mexico, where it occurs throughout much of the semi desert in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. Although occurring over a rather large area, these cacti are sparsely scattered and can be difficult to localize. This species is uncommon. The population size is estimated to be more than 500,000 individuals.
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