Mammillaria acanthoplegma

Mammillaria acanthoplegma Lehm.
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🌡 Published in Index Seminum [Hamburg] 8 (1833)

Greek akantha β€˜spine’ + Greek plegma ‘something twined or twisted, wicker-work’. For the “interwoven spines that completely cover the entire plant” (“aculeis […] undique intertextis tota planta tegentibus”). This epithet is often spelled acanthophlegma, including by Lehmann himself in Linnaea 10(Lit.): 76. 1835, but this is without a doubt incorrect. Greek phlegma means ‘flame, fire, heat, inflammation, phlegm’. See Schumann in Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 7: 148. 1897 and Fiedler in Brit. Cact. Succ. J. 3(2): 50. 1985.

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van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, August 29). Mammillaria acanthoplegma. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from