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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Cactoideae
Tribus: Cereeae
Subtribus: Trichocereinae
Genus: Denmoza
Species: D. rhodacantha

Denmoza Britton & Rose, Cactaceae 3: 78 (1922).

Type species: Denmoza rhodacantha Britton & Rose


Echinopsis sect. Denmoza (Britton & Rose) Mayta & Molinari, Succulentopi@ 14: 12 (2015).
Demnosa Britton & Rose syn. sec. Hunt 2006


× Cleistoza G.D.Rowley
× Echinomoza G.D.Rowley

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Western South America
Argentina Northwest

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Britton, N.L. & Rose, J.N. 1922. The Cactaceae. Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family. Vol. 3. 255 pp. + 23 pl. Carnegie Institution of Washington. BHL PDF Reference page. : 3: 78.

Additional references

Farr, E. R. & Zijlstra, G. eds. (1996-) Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). 2010 Mar 11 [1].
Hunt, D., Taylor, N. & Charles, G. (ed.) 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. Milborne Port. ISBN 0-9538134-4-4.
Korotkova, N., Aquino, D., Arias, S., Eggli, U., Franck, A. , Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guerrero, P.C., Hernández, H.M., Kohlbecker, A., Köhler, M., Luther, K., Majure, L.C., Müller, A., Metzing, D., Nyffeler, R., Sánchez, D., Schlumpberger, B. & Berendsohn, W.G. 2021. Cactaceae at Caryophyllales. org–a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. Willdenowia 51(2): 251–270. DOI: 10.3372/wi.51.51208 Open access Reference page.


Korotkova, N. et al. 2021. Denmoza in Cactaceae at A global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Dec 07. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Denmoza in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Apr 20. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Denmoza. Published online. Accessed: Apr 20 2021. 2021. Denmoza. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 20 Apr 2021.
Hassler, M. 2021. Denmoza. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Apr 20. Reference page.

Vernacular names
svenska: Rävsvanskaktussläktet

Denmoza is a genus of cactus found in Argentina, comprising only 2 species. The name of the genus is an anagram of the western province of Mendoza. These species grow slowly and stay globulous during a long period before becoming shortly column-shaped, 0.5 to 1.5 m high. The plant's diameter varies from 15 to 30 cm.

Trunk color varies from pale green to dark green, dotted with 15 to 30 ribs. Flowers are zygomorphic, of a maximum length of 7.5 cm, reddish in color and have white hair on the tube. The flower open sufficiently widely so that the stigma and stamen are visible from outside. The fruit is spherical, of about 2.5 cm in diameter, and pale green. They are sometimes also reddish and split at maturity.

Due to the Denmoza's long spines and column shape, it is a good candidate to create an amplified cactus.

Image Scientific name Distribution
Denmoza ducis-pauli (C.F. Först. ex Rümpler) Werderm. ex Backeb. Argentina
Denmoza rhodacantha 1.jpg Denmoza rhodacantha (Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose Argentina(Catamarca, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta, San Juan)

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