|🌵 Author(s)||Joseph zu Salm-Dyck||🌵 Published in||Observ. Bot. Horto Dyck. : 8 (1822)|
Latin tōmentōsus ‘covered in short, dense, matted hairs, felted’. For the tomentose epidermis. Salm-Dyck: “With a tomentose surface quite different from all [other cacti/opuntias], as in certain stapelias” (“Ab omnibus superficie tomentosa ut in stapeliis quibusdam satis diversa”). Stapelia L. is a plant genus in the family Asclepiadaceae.
The species was cultivated in the Netherlands East Indies (present-day Indonesia) in the 19th century, where it was known as tjeulie-badak-bener [ceuli badak bener] ‘true[?] rhinoceros ear’ in Sundanese (Filet, Plantkundig woordenboek voor Nederlandsch-Indië. 1876).#Species accepted in POWO