Matucana aurantiaca subs. polzii (Matucana polzii) is a relatively small clustering cactus with a strange squat stems up to 5 cm tall, up to 8-10 cm in diameter. It offsets strongly, with even small heads covered with numerous pups reaching only 2-5 cm across. In age forms huge cushion up to 30-40 cm in diameter whit hundreds of heads. The spines are short, pectinate and widely spaced.Derivation of specific name: This member of the Cactaceae family was given this name by Frank Polz (fl. 1986), German cactus and succulent plant enthusiast in München.Flower is Zygomorphic but seldom seen and is produced only in large fully developed stems. It is a very proliferous plant that tends to grow many small offsets at the expense of flowers, some recommend taking a few offsets of to grow at least one head large enough to flower before letting them cluster.