Mammillaria Elongata
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Mammillaria Elongata

Mammillaria elongata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Genus: Mammillaria
M. elongata
Binomial name
Mammillaria elongata

Mammillaria elongata, the gold lace cactus or ladyfinger cactus, is a species of flowering plant in the family Cactaceae, native to central Mexico. Growing to 15 cm (6 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) wide, it consists of densely packed clusters of elongated oval stems, covered in harmless (although very sharp) yellow or brown spines, and in spring producing white or yellow flowers. It is among the commonest and most variable of its genus in nature, and is a popular subject for cultivation.[1][2] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3][4]


  • Golden Stars
  • "Copper King"
  • "Cristata" (Brain Cactus)
  • "Julio"


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  2. ^ "Cactus Art - Mammillaria elongata". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Mammillaria elongata". Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 63. Retrieved 2018.
  • Maria Papafotiou, George N. Balotis, Panayiota T. Louka and John Chronopoulos, (2004) In vitro plant regeneration of Mammillaria elongata normal and cristate forms, Volume 65, Number 2.

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