Leucostele atacamensis subsp. pasacana

Leucostele atacamensis subsp. pasacana (F.A.C.Weber ex Rümpler) Schlumpb. ()
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🌵 BasionymPilocereus pasacana
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🌵 Basionym published in Handb. Cacteenk. (ed. 2 - Rümpler): 678 (1886)

Pasacana, a local vernacular name for the species (Weber, cited in Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 3: 165-166. 1893). According to Fechser & Dimitri (in Parodi & Dimitri, Enciclopedia Argentina de Agricultura y Jardinería. 1977), in Humahuaca, the fruits are called pasacana while the plants themselves are called cardón. Rümpler misinterpreted the name as an adjective (“Pilocereus pasacanus“, Pasaca-Haar-Kerzencactus ‘Pasaca hair candle-cactus’) and claimed it referred to the “very narrow habitat”, i.e. the “valleys of the cordilleras from Catamarca to Salta”. This interpretation was explicitly rejected by Weber (l.c.).

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Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2023 Dec 01). Leucostele atacamensis subsp. pasacana. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/leucostele-atacamensis-subsp-pasacana