Ficindica Sarg., ()
šŸŒµ Author(s)
šŸŒµ Type Opuntia ficus-indica

Latin ficus ‘fig’ + Latin indicus ‘Indian (i.e. American)’. Saint-Lager, who considered specific epithets consisting of two words unacceptable, clearly intended Ficindica as a “correction” of the specific epithet of Opuntia ficus-indica, but many authors, including Britton & Rose (The Cactaceae 1, 1919), misinterpreted it as a generic name. This “genus” should therefore not be attributed to Saint-Lager, as is usually done, but to the first author to misinterpret his work.

How to cite

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