Mammillaria elongata

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Mammillaria elongata
Scientific classification
M. elongata
Binomial name
Mammillaria elongata

Mammillaria elongata (gold lace cactus, ladyfinger cactus) is a species of flowering plant in the Cactaceae family, 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 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 26 June 2013.
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Mammillaria elongata". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 63. Retrieved 3 April 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.