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This list was valid for a long period; 27 years later only one additional species was listed in the Index Kewensis. Today, however, only eight of Lemaire’s Coryphantha sp. are still in use. All the others are now either synonyms or nomina dubia. As the lectotype of the genus Coryphantha, Lemaire chose Coryphantha sulcolanata and this, as we will see later, remained valid until 1976. Before Mammillaria was generally accepted as nomen conservandum, John Merle COULTER (1851–1928) in 1894 included all known Coryphantha species within the genus Cactus as a parallel section to “Eumammillaria”.

Habitat: Sandy alluvial plains in open ground or under bushes, 750–1500 m above sea level. Locations checked: USA: Texas: Big Bend National Park, Presidio County. New Mexico: Doña Ana County, Eddy County. Mexico: Coahuila: Hipolito, Monclova, Laguna de Meyràn, San Juan de Boquillas, Cuatrocienegas, Benito Juarez, Monterrey-Monclova km 40, Ocampo. Chihuahua: El Sueco, Cuauhtemoc. San Luis Potosí: Villa de Ramos. Incidence: Least concern. Illustrations: Distribution see Plate 9, map 1; plant portrait see Plate 14, photos 1 and 3.

After Britton and Rose, the next important publication was that of Alwin BERGER (1871–1931). 2 Chronology era of Britton and Rose (Escobaria, Neobesseya and Neolloydia). His work lists over 50 species. Among them are many new descriptions of Friedrich Bödeker, who, in the period 1920–1930, described many new cactus species, including some Coryphantha sp. In his Mammillarien-Vergleichs-Schlüssel, BÖDEKER (1933) mentioned 64 Coryphantha species, and he also treated Neobesseya and Escobaria as separate genera.

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