Selenicereus undatus

Selenicereus undatus (Haw.) D.R.Hunt ()
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🌡 BasionymCereus undatus ()
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🌡 Basionym published in Philos. Mag. Ann. Chem. 7(38): 110 (1830)

Latin undatus ‘wavy’. For the strongly undulate margins of the ribs, described by Haworth as “somewhat lobed to scalloped” (“sublobulato-crenatis”).

Haworth gave the species the English name Great China triangled Cereus under the assumption that the species was native to China (“Habitat in SinΓ’”) and for the similarity to Cereus triangularis (= Selenicereus triangularis).

Selenicereus undatus. Image credit: Britton & Rose, Cactaceae 2: 188

How to cite

Maarten H.J. van der Meer (2022 Oct 05). Selenicereus undatus. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from