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Maihuenia

Subfamily: Maihuenioideae Tribe: Maihuenia


Maihuenia is the sole genus of the subfamily Maihuenioideae, which is the smallest subfamily of the Cactaceae. The genus comprises two cushion-forming species, quite distinct from other cacti. They are found at high elevation habitats of Andean Argentina and Chile. These cacti commonly endure frost and moisture.

Its name is the latinized version of maihuén, a local Chilean name for these cacti.

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