Cereus polychaetus

Cereus polychaetus Rchb. ex Walp. ()
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🌡 Published in Repert. Bot. Syst. (Walpers) 2(2): 340 (1843)

Greek polychaitos ‘many-haired’. For the “very dense, convex, tomentose areoles” (“areolis densissimis convexis tomentosis”). Published simultaneously with Cereus xanthochaetus (Greek xanthos ‘yellow’), which was described as having “yellow-tomentose areoles” (“areolis […] luteo-tomentosis”).

Walpers credited both names to Heinrich Gottlieb Ludwig Reichenbach in Terscheck’s Supplement zum Cacteen-Verzeichnis 3, but that publication has apparently been lost.

The epithet is sometimes miscorrected to polyachaetus.

How to cite

Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2023 Nov 15). Cereus polychaetus. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/cereus-polychaetus