Echinocereus pensilis (K. Brandegee) J. A. Purpus 1908
Cereus pensilis K. Brandegee 1904
Morangaya pensilis (K. Brandegee) G. D. Rowley 1974
Hanging cactus, pitayita, snake cactus
The hanging cactus is native to part of the Baja peninsula in Mexico.
Identification: These cacti form tangled mats of yellow-green branches. The stems start out erect, but may bend and hang downward. They reach 3-13' (1-4 m) in length, and up to 1¾" (5 cm) in diameter. Spine clusters start out with as few as 6 needles, but over time as many as 70 needles can form. Tubular or funnel-shaped orange-red flowers emerge from stem tips. They reach up to 1¾" (4.5 cm) in diameter, and up to 2½" (6.5 cm) in length.
Echinocereus pensilis on CactiGuide.com
Echinocereus pensilis on Desert-tropicals.com
Echinocereus pensilis at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Echinocereus pensilis on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents
Echinocereus pensilis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.