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Pterocereus T.MacDoug. & Miranda in Ceiba 4: 135. 1954 sec. Franco-Estrada & al. 2021


Pterocereus was segregated from Pachycereus by Franco-Estrada & al. (2021) based on their phylogenetic results. It was resolved as sister to Lophocereus.A

Taxon standing

Category A. The genus is highly supported as a distinct lineage and its monotypic status based on a complete or very comprehensive phylogenetic study, and a phylogeny-based taxonomic synopsis was published.B


A. Sánchez, D. & Arias, S. 2022: Updates to the Cactaceae species-level checklist for the genera Peniocereus, Pachycereus, Backebergia and Pterocereus. – Published online at
B. Franco-Estrada, D., Sánchez, D., Terrazas, T. & Arias, S. 2021: Phylogenetic analysis of Peniocereus (Cactaceae, Echinocereeae) based on five chloroplast DNA markers. – Brazilian Journal of Botany 44(4): 903-916