Ladyfinger cactus, allicoche
South Texas, from Brownsville to Corpus Christi
Clusters of long, narrow stems, growing along the ground
Scrubland, coastal flats, pine woods
Pink, magenta, with yellow-white centers
Distribution map for echinocereus pentalophus
Echinocereus pentalophus is primarily a Mexican species, but its range extends to far south Texas, along the coast around Brownsville, inland along the Rio Grande to McAllen and north towards Corpus Christi. The narrow green stems, one inch or less in diameter, have 5 (sometimes 4) ribs, with evenly-spaced clusters of 4 to 7 short white or yellowish spines, one of which is a little longer and more central.
The plant branches profusely, the stems growing sideways along or close to the ground, becoming several feet long, and they produce many large pink flowers - sometimes nearly 6 inches across, in late spring, followed by green fruits. There are several varieties (in Mexico) which have shorter, more upright stems.