Astrophytum caput-medusae

Astrophytum caput-medusae (Velazco & Nevárez) D.R.Hunt ()
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🌵 BasionymDigitostigma caput-medusae ()
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🌵 Type of Digitostigma

Latin căpŭt Mĕdūsae ‘Medusa’s head’. For the very long and slender tubercles that give the plant the appearance of the snake-haired Medusa of Greek mythology. Compare Mammillaria caput-medusae (Cactaceae), Euphorbia caput-medusae (Euphorbiaceae), Tillandsia caput-medusae (Bromeliaceae) etc.

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 5). Astrophytum caput-medusae. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from