Boxing glove cactus (Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillata)

Also known as: coral cactus, jumping cactus, jumping cholla, prickly pear

Boxing glove cactus, regarded as an environmental weed, can injure people and animals with its sharp thorns, reduce livestock access to pastures and displace native plant species.

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How does this weed affect you?

Boxing glove cactus, native to south-western USA and northern Mexico, is occurring mainly in the drier regions of western New South Wales. It is regarded as an environmental weed, and can injure people and animals with its sharp thorns, reduce livestock access to pastures and displace native and othe useful plant species.

Where is it found?

At present it is not common or widespread in NSW, but over the last few years populations have rapidly increased in density and area. It is now locally common in and around the mining settlements of Broken Hill, Cumborah, Grawin and Lightning Ridge. It is also spreading around Tibooburra in far western NSW.

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Control

Biological control

A strain of cochineal (Dactylopius tomentosus), a native of Mexico, was recently released near Tibooburra and Stephens Creek north of Broken Hill. While only in the early stages of establishment, the cochineal is expected to control the cactus as other cochineals have controlled other cacti. Landholders with infestations of boxing glove cactus can contact DPI to organise a release of this new agent (biotype testing to establish correct identification of the cactus will be done as part of this process). 

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

See Using herbicides for more information.


PERMIT 14442 Expires 30/06/2018
Picloram 100 g/L + Triclopyr 300 g/L + Aminopyralid 8 g/L (Grazon Extra®)
Rate: 500 ml per 100 L of water
Comments: Spot spray application, add 0.5 % Uptake spray oil.
Withholding period: Where product is used to control woody weeds in pastures there is a restriction of 12 weeks for use of treated pastures for making hay and silage; using hay or other plant material for compost, mulch or mushroom substrate; or using animal waste from animals grazing on treated pastures for compost, mulching, or spreading on pasture/crops.
Herbicide group: I, Disruptors of plant cell growth (synthetic auxins)
Resistance risk: Moderate


PERMIT 14442 Expires 30/06/2018
Triclopyr 300 g/L + Picloram 100 g/L (Grazon® DS)
Rate: 500 ml per 100 L of water
Comments: Spot spray application, add 0.5 % Uptake spray oil.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: I, Disruptors of plant cell growth (synthetic auxins)
Resistance risk: Moderate


PERMIT 14442 Expires 30/06/2018
Triclopyr 600 g/L (Garlon® 600)
Rate: 1 L per 75 L of diesel
Comments: Spot spray application.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: I, Disruptors of plant cell growth (synthetic auxins)
Resistance risk: Moderate


PERMIT 14442 Expires 30/06/2018
Triclopyr 600 g/L (Garlon® 600)
Rate: 3 L per 100 L of water
Comments: Add 0.5% Uptake® spray oil.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: I, Disruptors of plant cell growth (synthetic auxins)
Resistance risk: Moderate


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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
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)
Western 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. Notify local control authority if found.
*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 Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to weeds@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Reviewed 2017