Cladoblasia M.Ocampo ()
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🌵 Published in Periódico de la Sociedad Filoiátrica de México 1: 68, 70-71 (1844)
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Greek klados ‘branch, shoot’ + Greek blastos ‘shoot’. Ocampo translated Greek kladios [sic] with Latin ramus [‘branch’] and blastos with Latin flagellum [‘whip, vine-shoot, tentacle’]. For the “flexible, creeping” habit (“Arbustos flecsibles, rastreros”) compared to the erect habit (“Arbustos erectos”) of Cereus. Ocampo published this genus to segregate the species called pitayo in Spanish from those called órgano. Compare Cereaster.

Salm-Dyck named one of the species Ocampo presumably intended to include in this genus Cereus ocamponis (1850) (= Selenicereus ocamponis) in his honor.

Ocampo recognized 10 cactus genera: Mammillaria (vernacular name comitl), Melocactus (bisnaga), Echinocactus (erizonia), Cereus (organo), Cladoblasia (pitayo), Filanto or Philanthus [= Phyllanthus] (nopalillo), Fribularia or Tribularia (cardonera), Opuntia, Nopal, and Pereskia.

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van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, July 26). Cladoblasia. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from