Grusonia F.Rchb. ex Britton & Rose ()
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🌡 Type Grusonia bradtiana

Gruson + Latin -Δ­a, the recommended suffix to form plant genus names from personal names that end with a consonant (Rec. 60B.1(b), International Code of Nomenclature). Presumably named for German entrepeneur and cactus collector Hermann Gruson (1821-1895).

The author of this name was without a doubt Friedrich Reichenbach (F.Rchb.) and not Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach (Rchb.f.), as is sometimes claimed.

How to cite

Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2023 Jul 16). Grusonia. 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

β€œBotanical 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