Mammillaria huitzilopochtlii

Mammillaria huitzilopochtlii ('huitzilopochtli') D.R.Hunt ()
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Named for Huītzilōpōchtli, the Aztec god of “sun and war” (Hunt), presumably because of the “[h]eavily-armed” habit. The original spelling huitzilopochtli is correctable to huitzilopochtlii. Hunt defended his choice of spelling by stating that “the name is here used as a substantive, i.e., a noun in apposition, and as such is indeclinable” (which is incorrect, he presumable meant that nouns in apposition do not grammatically agree with the specific name), but Huītzilōpōchtli is undeniably a personal name to which Art. 60.8 of the International Code of Nomenclature applies.

Compare Mammillaria crucigera subsp. tlalocii and Mammillaria xochipillii.

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, September 23). Mammillaria huitzilopochtlii. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from