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Cereus Mill., Gard. Dict. Abr., ed. 4: [308]. 1754 sec. Hunt 20161
  • 1. Hunt, D.R. 2016: CITES Cactaceae Checklist. 3rd edition. – published by the author
  • =Piptanthocereus (A.Berger) Riccob. in Boll. Reale Orto Bot. Palermo 8: 225. 1909 syn. sec. Hunt 20062
  • 2. Hunt, D.R. 2006: The New Cactus Lexicon. – Milborne Port: dh books
  • 3. Hunt, D.R. 2006: The New Cactus Lexicon. – Milborne Port: dh books
  • 4. Hunt, D.R. 2006: The New Cactus Lexicon. – Milborne Port: dh books
  • =Praepilosocereus Guiggi in Cactology 2: 18. 2010 syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)5
  • 5. Kew WCVP (2019)
  • Cirinosum Neck., Elem. Bot. 2: 84. 1790, nom. inval., syn. sec. Kew WCVP (2019)6
  • 6. 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,B

Taxon standing

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


A. Franco, F.F., Silva, G.A.R., Moraes, E.M., Taylor, N., Zappi, D. C., Jojima, C.L. & Machado, M.C. 2017: Plio-Pleistocene diversification of Cereus (Cactaceae, Cereeae) and closely allied genera. – Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 183(2): 199-210. http://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/bow010
B. 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. http://doi.org/10.3372/wi.51.51208