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Backebergia Bravo in Anales Inst. Biol. Univ. Nac. Mexico 24: 230. 1954 sec. Franco-Estrada & al. 2021

    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. A


    Segregated from Pachycereus by Franco-Estrada & al. (2021) based on their phylogenetic results. Backebergia (B. militaris) was resolved as sister to the clade of Marshallocereus + (Pterocereus + Lophocereus).B


    A. 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
    B. Sánchez, D. & Arias, S. 2022: Updates to the Cactaceae species-level checklist for the genera Peniocereus, Pachycereus, Backebergia and Pterocereus. – Published online at