Indian fig was brought into Australia from South America almost 200 year ago. The plant has never caused any problems to rural production. It spreads slowly and is easily eradicated.
Indian Fig was removed from the list of prohibited plants in 1978 and its fruit is grown commercially.
Indian fig can grow upto 7 meters in height. The pads are are bluish-green in colour with no or very few short spines and the flowers are yellow. The plant flowers late spring-summer and the fruit is egg-shaped to oval with depressed top, yellow, orange, red or purple, depending on cultivar, when ripe.
All species in the Opuntia genus are declared.
Locally Controlled Weed
Volunteer plants must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread