Definition of Genus Melocactus
1. Noun. Genus of strongly ribbed globose or spheroid cacti of tropical South and Central America and the Caribbean.
Generic synonyms: Caryophylloid Dicot Genus
Group relationships: Cactaceae, Cactus Family, Family Cactaceae
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Melocactus
Literary usage of Genus Melocactus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"A melon- shaped cactus, as those of the genus Melocactus. melon-worm (mel'on-werm), N. Same as mel- ..."
2. The Cactaceae: Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Joseph Nelson Rose (1922)
"Univ. i : 286), which was redescribed by Miquel the next year in his monograph on the genus Melocactus. This species came from Santo Domingo and is ..."
3. American Gardening (1890)
"Under the genus melocactus, commonly called melon or turk's cap cactus, there are about thirty species, which inhabit the dry hot parts of Mexico, ..."
4. The Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and by C M Hovey (1846)
"... is clear that this plant will have to be restored to the genus Melocactus, in which Nuttall originally placed it. The native name of the plant is ..."