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Caput-medusae (f)
capites-medusarum (n)  

Dictionary of Botanical Epithets


 A. myriostigma  and A. caput-medusae  flowers*

Photo kindly provided by Manuel Nevarez de los Reyes

From the Latin word “caput” which means “head” and "Medusa (Μεδουσα)" The Greek mythological  woman whose blond hair was turned to snakes and whose stare turn objects to stone, was slain by Perseus 

( The specific name implies: "Medusa's head")

(For example Astrophytum caput-medusae)





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