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Tephrocactus Lem., Cactées: 88. 1868 sec. Las Peñas & al. 2019
  • =Ursopuntia P.V.Heath in Calyx 6(2): 41. 1999 syn. sec. Hernández-Ledesma & al. 2015
  • =Banfiopuntia Guiggi in Cactology 2 (Suppl.): 1. 2011 syn. sec. ???
  • =Quasitephrocactus G.Popov, Kakt. Klub 15(1-2): 13. 2012 syn. sec. Hernández-Ledesma & al. 2015
  • =Pseudomaihueniopsis Guiggi in Cactology 3 (Suppl. V): 1. 2013 syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)
  • Weberiopuntia Frič ex Kreuz., Verzeichnis Amer. Sukk. Rev. Syst. Kakteen: 41. 1935, nom. inval., syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)


Key literature: Monographs by Kiesling (1984) and Gilmer & Thomas (1998).
Phylogenetics: Tephrocactus was confirmed as monophyletic by Ritz & al. (2012), and recently revised based on a phylogenetic study (Las Peñas & al. 2019). It is strongly supported within tribe Tephrocacteae (Köhler & al. 2020).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 Caryophyllales.org – a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. – Willdenowia 51: 251-270