Bergerocactus Britton & Rose ()
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🌵 Type Bergerocactus emoryi

Berger + Cactus. Named for German botanist Alwin Berger (1871-1931), “author of an excellent discussion of the genus Cereus, who was long in charge of the garden of Sir Thomas Hanbury at La Mortola [Mortolopuntia], Italy”.

Britton and Rose accidentally published the only species in this genus as Bergerocereus emoryi. See also Bergerocereus.

Alwin Berger. Image credit: Alwin-Berger-Archiv

How to cite

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


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


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