Stephanocereus A.Berger ()
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🌵 Type Stephanocereus leucostele

Greek stephanos ‘that which surrounds, crown, wreath’ + Cereus, the name of a genus of columnar cacti and a designation for columnar cacti in general. For the ring-shaped (pseudo)cephalium.

Stephanocereus leucostele. Image credit: Berger 1926

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 5). Stephanocereus. 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