Gymnocalycium ('Gymnocalicium') Pfeiff. ex Mittler ()
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🌵 Type Gymnocalycium gibbosum

Greek gymnos ‘naked’ + Greek kalyx (or Latin calyx, calix) ‘calyx’. For the naked perianth tube.

Originally spelled Gymnocalicium. A proposal to formally conserve the spelling Gymnocalycium was rejected in 1994. Conservation was considered unnecessary because Gymnocalycium could be interpreted as a “correction” of Gymnocalicium.


A.T. Johnson, H.A. Smith & A.P. Stockdale (2019): Plant Names Simplified, 3rd Edition


Ross Bayton (2019): The Garderner's Botanical


Helmut Genaust (1996): Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen, 3. Auflage

“Botanical Latin is essentially a written language, but the scientific names of plants often occur in speech. How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood by all concerned.”

William T. Stearn (1983): Botanical Latin, 3rd Edition: 53

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 5). Gymnocalycium. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from