Primary tabs


Cereus Mill., Gard. Dict. Abr., ed. 4: [308]. 1754 sec. Hunt 2016
  • =Piptanthocereus (A.Berger) Riccob. in Boll. Reale Orto Bot. Palermo 8: 225. 1909 syn. sec. Hunt 2006
  • =Praepilosocereus Guiggi in Cactology 2: 18. 2010 syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)
  • Cirinosum Neck., Elem. Bot. 2: 84. 1790, nom. inval., syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)


Franco & al. (2017) found a well-supported Cereus clade, which however also included Praecereus and Cipocereus. Therefore, Cereus is polyphyletic as currently circumscribed, but the authors of that study did not suggest any taxonomic changes to reflect their results. See also notes under Praecereus and Cipocereus.A

Taxon standing

Category D. The genus is polyphyletic, paraphyletic or nested in another genus.


A. Korotkova, N., Aquino, D., Arias, S., Eggli, U., Franck, A.R., Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guerrero, P.C., Hernández, H.M., Kohlbecker, A., Köhler, M., Luther, K., Majure, L.C., Metzing, D., Müller, A., Nyffeler, R., Sánchez, D., Schlumpberger, B.O. & Berendsohn, W. G. 2021: Cactaceae at Caryophyllales.org – a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. – Willdenowia 51: 251-270