Tephrocactus paediophilus

Tephrocactus paediophilus (A.Cast.) F.Ritter ()
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🌵 Published in Kakteen Südamerika 2: 395 (1980)
🌵 BasionymOpuntia paediophila ()
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Apparently Greek paidion ‘small child’ + Greek philos ‘friend’ (cf. Gymnocalycium paediophilum), but according to Crook & Mottram (Bradleya 19: 92. 2001) the first part of the name is supposed to be Greek pedion ‘plain’. For the occurence on plains? Compare Spanish pediófilo ‘plain-loving’. If the latter explanation is correct, the epithet is probably correctable to pediophila under article 60.1 of the International Code of Nomenclature. Castellanos not seen.

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, July 17). Tephrocactus paediophilus. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/tephrocactus-paediophilus