Lophocereus schottii

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Lophocereus schottii
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Genus: Lophocereus
L. schottii
Binomial name
Lophocereus schottii
(Engelm.) Britton & Rose[1]
  • Cereus mieckleyanus Weing.
  • Cereus palmeri F.A.C.Weber
  • Cereus sargentianus Orcutt
  • Cereus schottii Engelm.
  • Lemaireocereus mieckleyanus (Weing.) Borg
  • Lophocereus australis Britton & Rose
  • Lophocereus mieckleyanus (Weing.) Backeb.
  • Lophocereus sargentianus (Orcutt) Britton & Rose
  • Pachycereus schottii (Engelm.) D.R.Hunt
  • Pilocereus sargentianus Orcutt ex K.Schum.
  • Pilocereus schottii (Engelm.) Lem.

Lophocereus schottii, the senita cactus,[2] is a species of cactus from southern Arizona and north-western Mexico, particularly Baja California and Sonora. Synonyms include Pilocereus schottii and Pachycereus schottii.[3]

The senita cactus exhibits mutualism with the senita moth. The senita moth is the only nocturnal pollinator of the cactus, and the moth relies on the cactus as a host for reproduction.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Lophocereus schottii (Engelm.) Britton & Rose", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2021-03-16
  2. ^ "Pachycereus schottii". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ Anderson, Edward F. (2001), The Cactus Family, Pentland, Oregon: Timber Press, ISBN 978-0-88192-498-5, pp. 536–537
  4. ^ Holland, J. Nathaniel; Fleming, Theodore H. (1999-09-01). "Mutualistic Interactions Between Upiga Virescens (pyralidae), a Pollinating Seed-Consumer, and Lophocereus Schottii (cactaceae)". Ecology. 80 (6): 2074–2084. doi:10.1890/0012-9658(1999)080[2074:mibuvp]2.0.co;2. hdl:1911/21700. ISSN 1939-9170.