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Taxonavigation: Caryophyllales
Classification System: APG III (down to family level)

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Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Cactoideae
Tribus: Phyllocacteae
Subtribus: Echinocereinae
Genus: Acanthocereus
Species: A. baxaniensis – A. horridus – A. occidentalis – A. subinermis – A. tetragonus


Acanthocereus (Engelm. ex A.Berger) Britton & Rose, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12: 432. 1909.


  • Acanthocereus baxaniensis (Karwinsky ex Pfeiffer) Borg (Cereus baxaniensis Karwinsky ex Pfeiffer) Lectotypified by D. R. Hunt, Bradleya 9: 82. 1991.


  • Cereus Miller subsect. Acanthocereus Engelmann ex A. Berger, Rep. (Annual) Missouri Bot. Gard. 16: 77. 1905


The type of Cereus cavendishii Monv. ex Salm-Dyck belongs here, but cannot be solved and the following names should be discarded. Most later authors misinterpreted Salm-Dyck's name as Praecereus saxicola (Morong). N.P.Taylor (D.Hunt 1998).

  • Cereus cavendishii Monv. ex Salm-Dyck, Cact. Hort. Dyck. ed. II. 211. 1850.
    • Cereus paxtoniana Monv. ex Salm-Dyck, Cact. Hort. Dyck. ed. II. 211. 1850.
    • Eriocereus cavendishii (Monv. ex Salm-Dyck) Riccob., Boll. Reale Orto Bot. Palermo 8: 238. 1909.
    • Monvillea cavendishii (Monv. ex Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose, Cactaceae (Britton & Rose) 2: 21. 1920.
    • Monvillea cavendishii var. paxtoniana (Monv. ex Salm-Dyck) W.T.Marshall, Cactaceae (W.T.Marshall & T.M.Bock) 70. 1941.
    • Monvillea paxtoniana (Monv. ex Salm-Dyck) Backeb., Kaktus-ABC (Backeberg & F.M.Knuth) 183. 428. 1936.


  • Hunt, D. 1998. Further notes on Acanthocereus (Engelmann ex Berger) B. and R. Cactaceae Consensus Initiatives 5:15-17.
  • Hunt, D. 2000. Notes on miscellaneous genera of Cactaceae subfam. Cactoideae. Acanthocereus. Cactaceae Systematics Initiatives 9:13-15.

Vernacular names[edit]

svenska: Snårpelarkaktussläktet