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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Opuntioideae
Tribus: Tephrocacteae
Genus: Pterocactus
Species: P. araucanus – P. australis – P. fischeri – P. gonjianii – P. hickenii – P. megliolii – P. neuquensis – P. reticulatus - P. tuberosus – P. valentinii

Source(s) of checklist:

Pterocactus K.Schum., Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 7: 6. 1897.
Type species: Pterocactus kuntzei K.Schum.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Southern South America
Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Chile South

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

Schumann, K.M. (1897) Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 7 : 6.

Additional references

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.
Hunt, D.R. & al. (2006) The New Cactus Lexicon. Milborne Port: DH Books.


Korotkova, N. et al. 2021. Pterocactus in Cactaceae at A global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Jan. 19. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Pterocactus in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Jan 19. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Pterocactus. Published online. Accessed: Jan 19 2022. 2022. Pterocactus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 19 Jan 2022.

Vernacular names
русский: Птерокактус

Pterocactus (from Greek pteron, "wing", referring to the saucer-shaped seed of these plants) is a genus of the cactus family (Cactaceae), comprising 9 species. All Pterocactus have tuberous roots and are endemic to South and Western Argentina. The genus has been given its own tribe, the Pterocacteae.

Edward F. Anderson, The Cactus Family (Timber Press, 2001), pp. 593–596

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