Mammillaria elongata

I’m on vacation, so a few of the entries to the end of February will be short. — Daniel.

I was pleased to see this little cactus in its natural form — somewhat different, I think you’ll agree, from the cristate growth morph posted a few years ago: Mammillaria elongata ‘Crest’.

Mammillaria elongata, commonly known as golden star cactus in English, is endemic to central Mexico, found only in the states of Querétaro, Guanajuato and Hidalgo. This was one of the first species to be featured on Cal’s Plant of the Week, over 10 years ago. has a description of the species as well as a number of other photographs.

Mammillaria elongata

9 responses to “Mammillaria elongata”

  1. Carole Miller

    Thank you for this entry. I have a couple of catus and your underlined entries have given me quite an education on cati. Again, thank you.

  2. Meg Bernstein

    Thanks for the link to mammallarias. How interesting!

  3. Annie Morgan

    How nice to see this cactus with little blooms. I had one on a window sill for about 10 years and though it got slightly bigger over the years, nary a bloom did I see. Such a dainty little plant.

  4. SoapySophia

    those blooms are sooooo cute! Interesting habitat it has, a little different from the expected.

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you daniel

  6. Margaret-Rae Davis

    I really like the photgraph of the catus. The information is just what I needed. Especially where in grows.
    Thank you,

  7. Aida

    I love the world of cacti in all of its shapes and size. The thorns in here give it the appearance of being wrapped in lace. The blooms are beautiful and dainty. San Miguel de Allende is definitely on my list of the places to visit and photograph. Thank you for posting this photo.

  8. John Murtaugh

    I just spent a beautiful morning walking around all of the paths at El Charco and am beginning to appreciate all of the various types of cactus.
    There seem to be so many different variations on how they protect themselves with some very deadly looking spines. I would hate to trip and and fall on any of them. At first, some of the cactus looked like they were covered in very soft fluff and it was impossible to avoid the temptation, which I now regret.

  9. SoapySophia

    John, my brother once hugged a cactus at a hotel, quite the mistake. He wasn’t very old, and I must admit they do look fuzzy!

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