Notocactus (K.Schum.) Frič ()
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🌵 BasionymEchinocactus subgen. Notocactus ()
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🌵 Basionym published in Gesamtbeschr. Kakt.: 292 (1898)
🌵 Type Notocactus ottonis

Greek notos ‘south wind’ + Cactus. Schumann (Gesamtbeschr. Kakt.: 379. 1898): “The whole group belongs exclusively to South America.” Austrocactus has the same meaning.

Not from Greek nо̄ton, nо̄tos ‘back, ridge’. The German name Buckelkaktus ‘hump cactus’ (Helm, Biologie der Kakteen: 66. 2010) seems to be based on this misinterpretation. Sometimes misspelled Nothocactus under the influence of Greek nothos ‘bastard, hybrid, spurious’.

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, August 26). Notocactus. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from


Helmut Genaust (1996): Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen, 3. Auflage

“Botanical Latin is essentially a written language, but the scientific names of plants often occur in speech. How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood by all concerned.”

William T. Stearn (1983): Botanical Latin, 3rd Edition: 53