|🌵 Author(s)||Christoph Friedrich OttoJohann Heinrich Friedrich Link|
|🌵 Type||Echinocactus platyacanthus|
Latin ĕchīnus ‘sea-urchin, hedgehog’ + Cactus. For the spiny, round plant body, but primarily an abbreviation of the pre-Linnaean name Echinomelocactus (‘hedgehog melon-thistle’). Link and Otto split this genus, whose name was abbreviated to Cactus by Linnaeus, into Echinocactus and Melocactus.
Echinocactus is sometimes abbreviated as Ectus or Etus.#Cacti named after animals #Genus accepted in POWO