Gymnocereus Backeb., ()
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🌵 Type Gymnocereus microspermus

Greek gymnos ‘naked’ + Cereus, the name of a genus of columnar cacti and a designation for columnar cacti in general. For the “not very long, naked-tubed flowers, which in form are very different from other Gymnocerei, like bare Haageocereus flowers (as we find them, almost bare, in Haageocereus acranthus)” (Blätt. Kakteenf. 1938(1): [3] [Gymnanthocereus]). Backeberg (erroneously) believed the type species of Gymnanthocereus, Gymnanthocereus chlorocarpus, to be a Seticereus, which rendered Gymnanthocereus a synonym of that genus. He erected the new genus Gymnocereus for the remaining former Gymnanthocereus species.

How to cite

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