|The Cactus Patch|
|THE NEWSLETTER OF THE BAKERSFIELD CACTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY|
|Volume 2 July 1999 Number 7|
|What's In A Name?
by L. Maynard Moe
|Melocactus albicephalus Buining
Buining = A.F.H. Buining 1901-76, Dutch botanist
The first specimens of this type of cactus were brought to Europe in the early 1500s. They were first called Melocarduus or "melon-thistles." Linnaeus then placed these and all other cacti in the genus Cactus. H.F.Link, a German botanist, created the genus Melocactus for the 30 or so species of these tropical American cacti. The epithet albicephalus refers to the white (albi) cephalium (cephalo= Latin for head).
|Senecio scaposus DC
DC= deCandolle 1806-93, Swiss botanist
Senecio is a huge genus of asters with over 1500 species worldwide. Most of the succulent species are found in South Africa. The name Senecio is from the Latin word, senex meaning "old man" because of the white pappus (feathery bristles on the fruit) The epithet, scaposus refers to the leafless flower stalk (Latin, scapus).
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