Saturday, April 25, 2009

Aporocactus/Aporophyllum...a rose by any other name...

In a couple of recent posts I shared photos of plants I identified as Aporocactus. That, of course, is incorrect. The Aporocactus genus is comprised of 5 species (and is now combined by some into the genus Disocactus).

Instead, these should have been labeled Aporophyllum - or even more accurately X Aporophylum. These are intergeneric hybrids.

I apologize for the mistake. Unfortunately, it is a common error and all sorts of names are thrown about.

That said, I agree with the sentiment above...a "Rat tail" hybrid is by any other name...

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