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Echinocereus pentalophus (A. P. de Candolle) Lemaire 1868

Lady finger cactus, alicoche, cadoncillo

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyCactaceaeSucculent (water-storing) plants, often spiny
GenusEchinocereusRibbed, small to medium-sized cacti
SpeciespentalophusMeans “five-tufted”

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Lady finger cactus is a native of south Texas and portions of Mexico.

Identification: These cacti branch multiply into low clumps up to 3′ (1 m) in width. The stems are as long as 2′ (70 cm), and up to 2″ (6 cm) in diameter. There are three to eight ribs. Whitish or yellowish spines occur in groups of three to eight, and are up to ¾″ (2 cm) long. Bright pink flowers, sometimes magenta, have yellow centers. Fruits are green, oval-shaped.

Online References:


Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents

The University of Connecticut Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Plant Growth Facilities

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Wikimedia Commons



Anderson, Edward F., The Cactus Family, Timber Press, 2001, p. 243

Echinocereus leptacanthus (Salm-Dyck) K. Schumann 1898

Cereus procumbens Engelmann 1849

Echinocereus procumbens (Engelmann) Lamaire 1868

Echinocereus pentalophus subsp. procumbens (Engelmann) Blum & Lange 1998

Echinocereus leonensis Mathsson 1891

Echinocereus pentalophus var. leonensis (Mathsson) N. P. Taylor 1985

Echinocereus pentalophus subsp. leonensis (Mathesson) N. P. Taylor 1997


Echinocereus pentalophus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Echinocereus pentalophus (lady finger cactus, alicoche, cadoncillo)

4/11/1979 · Huntington Library Cactus Garden, San Marino, Cali­fornia

Range: Zones 9b-10:

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