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Prickly Pear (Cylindropuntia species)

Prickly pears (Cylindropuntia species.) is declared noxious in the Illawarra District Weeds Authority control area (including Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong council areas).

The weed control class is 4. This means that:

"The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propogated or knowingly distributed".

Description: Cylindropuntia are distinguished from other Prickly Pear by having cylindrical, rather than flattened, stem segments with large barbed spines. The plants range in size from shrubs to small trees. The stem joints are very brittle on young stems, readily breaking off when the barbed spines stick to clothing or animal skin as a method of vegetative reproduction. The barbed spines can remain embedded in the skin, causing significant discomfort and sometimes injury.

Problem: Very invasive. Can restrict stock movements and reduce stocking rates. Can be debilitating to stock, dogs and humans. Can grow in dense impenetrable thickets.

Control Plan: Click here

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