Echinopsis Zucc. ()
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🌵 Type Echinopsis eyriesii

Greek echinos ‘hedgehog’ + Greek –opsis ‘looking like’. For the globose, spiny plant bodies. Zuccarini created this genus for the so called Cerei globosi ‘globose Cerei’, which he considered to be intermediate between Echinocactus and Cereus (cf. Echinocereus).

In 1839 Charles Lemaire published the replacement name Echinonyctanthus because he considered Echinopsis too similar to Echinops L., a genus in the family Asteraceae.

How to cite

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


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


Ross Bayton (2019): The Garderner's Botanical


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