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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: Phyllocacteae
Subtribus: Echinocereinae
Genus: Leptocereus
Species: L. arboreus – L. assurgens – L. carinatus – L. ekmannii – L. grantianus – L. leonii – L. maxonii – L. paniculatus – L. prostratus – L. quadricostatus – L. santamarinae – L. scopulophilus – L. sylvestris – L. weingartianus – L. wrightii
Source(s) of checklist:

Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. 2007. Leptocereus in Catalogue of the seed plants of the Flora of the West Indies Website. Smithsonian Institution. Accessed: 2016 Jan 13.


Leptocereus (A.Berger) Britton & Rose, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12: 433. 1909.

Type species: Leptocereus assurgens (C. Wright ex Griseb.) Britton & Rose


Britton, N.L. & Rose, J.N. (1909) Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12: 433.

Leptocereus is a genus of cacti native to the Greater Antilles.[4] It has been placed in the tribe Leptocereeae[5] or in a broadly defined Echinocereeae.[6]

As of March 2021, Plants of the World Online accepted the following species:[7]

Leptocereus arboreus Britton & Rose
Leptocereus assurgens (C.Wright ex Griseb.) Britton & Rose – Cuba
Leptocereus carinatus Areces
Leptocereus chrysotyrius Areces
Leptocereus demissus Areces – southwestern Hispaniola[8]
Leptocereus grantianus Britton
Leptocereus leonii Britton & Rose
Leptocereus paniculatus (Lam.) D.R.Hunt – Hispaniola
Leptocereus quadricostatus (Bello) Britton & Rose – Puerto Rico
Leptocereus scopulophilus Areces
Leptocereus sylvestris Britton & Rose
Leptocereus weingartianus (E.Hartmann) Britton & Rose – Hispaniola
Leptocereus wrightii León – Cuba


1920 illustration by Mary Emily Eaton (1873-1961) published in The Cactaceae (1919-1923) by Britton et Rose, Vol. II.
The Plant List, Neoabbottia paniculata (Lam.) Britton & Rose
Tropicos, Leptocereus (A. Berger) Britton & Rose
Britton, Nathaniel Lord & Rose, Joseph Nelson. 1909. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 12(10): 433 in English
Sánchez, D.; Arias, S. & Terrazas, T. (2014). "Phylogenetic relationships in Echinocereus (Cactaceae, Cactoideae)". Systematic Botany. 39 (4): 1183–1196. doi:10.1600/036364414X683831. S2CID 84505202.
"Taxonomy Browser: Leptocereus". National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Retrieved 2021-03-15.
"Leptocereus Britton & Rose". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
Areces-Mallea, Alberto (May–June 2017). "Leptocereus demissus, a new species from southwestern Hispaniola". Cactus and Succulent Journal. 89 (3): 115–121. doi:10.2985/015.089.0303. S2CID 91144846.

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