Echinocactus sect. Platypodium

Echinocactus sect. Platypodium Zucc. ex C.Hess
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🌵 Published in Spezielle Pflanzenkunde 2: 461 (1846)
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Greek platys ‘wide, broad’ + Greek podion ‘foot of a vase’ or Latin pŏdĭum ‘elevated place, height’. For Zuccarini’s observation that the flowers of Melocactus mammillariiformis (= Coryphantha retusa) “develop from the center of a disc-shaped, always flat cephalium” (Abh. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. 2(3): 667. 1837), which in Zuccarini’s view did not fit in any of the cactus genera recognized at the time. He suggested this name for a possible new genus based on this species.

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Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2023 Jul 17). Echinocactus sect. Platypodium. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from

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