Group of large cacti < 4 m tall. Trunks are thick and cylindrical, with a drooping habit on large specimens. Stem segments are green/blue, < 40 cm in diameter, flattened oval/circular and spiny. Flowers are yellow, red tinged, < 9 cm in diameter, and borne in February – May. Fruit is < 75 x 35 mm.
To help protect our environment:
Coastal habitats, cliffs, sand dunes, scrub, pasture, roadsides, sparse canopy.
Seed dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from stem segments, dispersed by gravity and water. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.
May outcompete and exclude native species in coastal ecosystems, causing substantial structural changes. May impede access to coastal areas.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.