Pereskia Mill. ()
🌵 Author(s)
🌵 Type Pereskia aculeata

Named for French humanist, historian and astronomer Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637), who latinized his own name as Peireskius. In the 19th century the “corrected” spellings Peirescia and Peireskia were introduced, but a proposal to conserve Peireskia over Pereskia in 1943 was not approved and today the original spelling Pereskia is again universally accepted. See also Pereskiopsis.


A.T. Johnson, H.A. Smith & A.P. Stockdale (2019): Plant Names Simplified, 3rd Edition


Ross Bayton (2019): The Garderner's Botanical


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

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 5). Pereskia. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from