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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: Polaskia
Species: P. chende – P. chichipe

Polaskia Backeb. (1949)

Type species: P. chichipe (Rol.-Goss.) Backeb.


Chichipia Backeb.
Heliabravoa Backeb.


Backeberg, C. 1949: Blätt. Sukkulentenk. 1 : 4.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Polaskia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Dec 30. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Polaskia. Published online. Accessed: Dec 30 2020. 2020. Polaskia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Dec 30.
Catalogue of Life: 2020 Annual Checklist
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Polaskia in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Polaskia (named after American amateur Charles Polaski) is a genus of tree-like cacti reaching 4–5 m high, comprising 2 species. Both present primitive characteristics, but Polaskia chichipe is nearer to Myrtillocactus while Polaskia chende is nearer to Stenocereus. The genus is found in the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca.

The following genera have been brought into synonymy with Polaskia:

Chichipia Backeb. (nom. inval.)
Heliabravoa Backeb.

Extant Species

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Polaskia chende (5742284017).jpg Polaskia chende chende, chinoa Oaxaca & Puebla Mexico
Polaskia chichipe, Chichituna flower. (14126547888).jpg Polaskia chichipe chichipe, chichibe, chichituna Oaxaca & Puebla Mexico

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