Rope pear (Cylindropuntia imbricata)

Also known as: Devil's rope pear, prickly pear

Rope pear is a very spiny cactus which can cause injury to humans and to animals.

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How does this weed affect you?

Rope pear, native to the USA and central Mexico, was first recorded in Australia in 1911. The plant is common around mining towns in western NSW. Rope pear is a very spiny cactus which can cause injury to humans and to animals. It has the ability to form impenetrable clumps and reduce stock carrying capacity. Segments easily break off and can spread to new sites via flood waters.

What does it look like?

Much-branched spiny plant, often 2–3 m high, with rope-like segments growing at all angles to the upright branches. The plant has dark pink flowers and the fruit is greenish-yellow when ripe.

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Control

Rope pear is effectively controlled by the cochineal insect Dactylopious tomentosus.

Herbicide options

WARNING - ALWAYS READ THE LABEL
Users of agricultural or veterinary chemical products must always read the label and any permit, before using the product, and strictly comply with the directions on the label and the conditions of any permit. Users are not absolved from compliance with the directions on the label or the conditions of the permit by reason of any statement made or not made in this information. To view permits or product labels go to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website www.apvma.gov.au

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.
All of NSW Prohibition on dealings
Must not be imported into the State or sold
All species in the Cylindropuntia genus have this requirement
Central Tablelands Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.
This Regional Recommended Measure applies to all species of Cylindropuntia
Central West Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.
This Regional Recommended Measure applies to all species of Cylindropuntia except Cylindropuntia rosea (Hudson pear)
North West Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.
Western Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.
*To see the Regional Strategic Weeds Management Plans containing demonstrated outcomes that fulfill the general biosecurity duty for this weed click here

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW DPI Biosecurity Helpline on 1800 680 244 or send an email to weeds@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Reviewed 2018