Cleistocactus serpens

Cleistocactus serpens F.A.C.Weber ()
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Latin serpens ‘creeping, snake’. For the creeping stems. For the confused history of this name see Beat Ernst Leuenberger, The misunderstood Cleistocactus serpens, and C. longiserpens, a new name for a species of Cactaceae from Peru, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 124(1): 13-30 (2002).

See also Cleistocactus tenuiserpens (‘thin snake’), Cleistocactus crassiserpens (= Borzicactus crassiserpens) (‘thick snake’) and Cleistocactus longiserpens (= Borzicactus longiserpens) ‘long snake’.

How to cite

Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2022 Feb 05). Cleistocactus serpens. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from