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Genus: Melocactus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Familty: Cactaceae

Thirty-six species, native to Mexico, Central America, northern South America and the West Indies. Seven species have been recorded as being cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Melocactus broadwayi

Native to the West Indies.


Melocactus curvispinus

Native to Mexico and Guatemala.


Melocactus ernestii

Native to Brazil.


Melocactus intortus

Native to the West Indies.


Melocactus levitestatus

Native to Brazil.


Melocactus matanzanus

Native to Cuba.


Melocactus violaceus

Native to Brazil.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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