Lava cactus

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Lava cactus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Trichocereeae
Genus: Brachycereus
Britton & Rose
Species: B. nesioticus
Binomial name
Brachycereus nesioticus
(K.Schum.) Backeb.

Cereus nesioticus K.Schum.

The lava cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus) is a species of cactus and the sole species of the genus Brachycereus. The plant is a colonizer of lava fields, hence its common name. It is endemic to the Galápagos Islands.


  • Anderson, E. F. The Cactus Family. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. 2001.
  • McMullen, C. K. and Prance, G. Flowering Plants of the Galápagos. Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London. 1999.
  • Fitter, J., Fitter, D. and Hosking, D. Wildlife of Galápagos. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London. 2000.

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