Ancistrocactus

Ancistrocactus Britton & Rose ()
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🌵 Type Ancistrocactus megarrhizus
Etymology

Greek ankistron ‘fishhook’ + Cactus. For the long, hooked central spines. The name is based on Echinocactus subgen. Ancistrocactus K.Schum. That subgenus is named for Echinocactus [infragen. unranked] Uncinati Salm-Dyck, which is named for its type species, Echinocactus uncinatus (Latin uncinatus ‘hooked, barbed’).

Note that Britton & Rose placed Echinocactus uncinatus in Ferocactus and designated Ancistrocactus megarrhizus as the type species of this genus. Ancistrocactus Britton & Rose and Echinocactus subgen. Ancistrocactus K.Schum. are therefore not the same taxon. The latter name is a synonym of Ferocactus or Glandulicactus.

Ancistrocactus scheeri. Image credit: Michael Wolf / CC BY-SA 3.0
Ancistrocactus scheeri. Image credit: Michael Wolf / CC BY-SA 3.0

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 5). Ancistrocactus. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/ancistrocactus

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