Prickly pears - Austrocylindropuntias (Austrocylindropuntia species)

Also known as: Opuntoid cacti

Related weeds:



Prickly pears in the Austrocylindropuntia genus originate from South America, and are large succulent members of the opuntioid cacti group. Along with their relatives in the Opuntia and Cylindropuntia genera, they have been declared Weeds of National Significance in Australia. Austrocylindropuntia species differ from Cylindropuntia species in that they lack papery sheaths on their spines.

See Related weeds for details of individual Austrocylindropuntia species.

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Prickly pears - Austrocylindropuntias (Austrocylindropuntia species).

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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 Mandatory Measure
Must not be imported into the State or sold
All species in the Austrocylindropuntia genus have this requirement

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to

Reviewed 2017