Meierocactus muelleri

Meierocactus muelleri ('Mülleri') Gräser, ()
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A fictional example of a patronymic name that gives no useful information about the plant itself (Monatsschr. Deutsch. Kakteen-Ges. 1931(10): 235). Meier and Müller are two of the most common German surnames (so geläufig wie Meier und Müller ‘as common as Smith and Jones’).

Curt Backeberg (Cactaceae 5: 2668. 1961) assumed Gräser was referring to Maierocactus (a synonym of Astrophytum) and German Astrophytum collector Heinrich Moeller (1882-1945).

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Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2022 Jun 01). Meierocactus muelleri. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from