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Salmonopuntia P.V.Heath in Calyx 6(2): 41. 1999 sec. Griffith & Porter 2009
  • Salmiopuntia Frič ex Guiggi in Cactology 2 (Suppl.): 2. 2011, nom. illeg., syn. sec. Köhler 2021
  • Salmiopuntia Frič ex Kreuz., Verzeichnis Amer. Sukk. Rev. Syst. Kakteen: 41. 1935, nom. inval., syn. sec. Köhler 2021


Revised by Matias Köhler


Phylogenetics: Opuntia salmiana has been found as a well-supported lineage out of the Opuntia s.str. clade (Griffith & Porter 2009; Majure & al. 2012), and so treated as separate genus recognized by a combination of distinctive morphological features. The former Salmiopuntia Frič is an invalid name (Mottram 2014), and the attempted validation (Guiggi 2011) superfluous, considering Heath (1999).A

Taxon standing

Category B. The genus is monophyletic based on phylogenetic studies that support the clade based on a sufficiently dense or even complete sampling, or support a monotypic genus as a distinct lineage, but do not provide a new taxonomic treatment at the species level. In many cases, older classical taxonomic synopses or a monographic treatment exist for these genera providing a reliable assessment of the species included.


A. Köhler, M. 2021: Revisions of Airampoa, Brasiliopuntia, Opuntia, Salmonopuntia, Tacinga. – In: Korotkova N. & al., Cactaceae at – a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. – Willdenowia 51: 251-270