Maihuenia poeppigii

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Maihuenia poeppigii
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Maihuenioideae
Genus: Maihuenia
Species: M. poeppigii
Binomial name
Maihuenia poeppigii
(Otto ex Pfeiffer) Phil. ex K. Schum
  • Opuntia poeppigii

Maihuenia poepigii (Chilean: maihuén[2]) is a succulent cactus shrub native to Chile and Argentina. This cactus is notable as it can tolerate moisture[3] and cold.[4]

Its specific epithet poepigii commemorates Eduard Pöppig, a 19th-century German naturalist who explored South America.[5]


This is a cactus species forming dense cushions often consisting of hundreds of individual segments. The plant's specific physical characteristics are listed below:

  • Leaves: Small and succulent.[3]
  • Flowers: Showy, large, satiny and lemon-yellow in color. It flowers in late spring.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Cactus Art Nursery. "Mauhenia poeppigii". 
  2. ^ B., Michail. "Maihuenia poeppigii". Chile Flora. 
  3. ^ a b c Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery. "Maihuenia poeppigii". 
  4. ^ Saul J. "Maihuenia poeppigii". Cacti of Patagonia. 
  5. ^ Lodé, Joël. M. poepigii (PDF). Le Fichier encyclopédique des Cactées & autres Succulentes (in French). Aix-en-Provence: Édisud. p. 2359.