cane cactus

Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica
Succulent
Whorled
Reduced / Needle
Red
Bluish-green

Cane cactus is a branched shrub with small scarlet flowers, green pad-like stem covered with white spines. It has green-yellow fruits containing many seeds covered with a hard coat.It is a potential wwed of grasslands, shrublands and open woodlands, particularly insemi-arid regions.

Leaves on new growth, deciduous, 3–5 mm long, but up to 10 mm on regrowth. Spines without papery sheath, 3–6 major ones per areole, 9–25mm long, and 3–4 minor ones, to 5.5 mm long

Common names 
Also known as: cane cactus, coral cactus,
Family 
Cactaceae
Deciduous 
No
Flowering time 
Summer
Native/Exotic 
Exotic
Origin 
Native to parts of western South America (i.e. Ecuador and Peru).
Notifiable 
No
State declaration 
Category 3 - Must not be distributed or disposed. This means it must not be released into the environment unless the distribution or disposal is authorised in a regulation or under a permit.
Council declaration 
As per State Declaration
Known distribution 

Naturalised in some inland parts of south-eastern Australia (i.e. in inland central New South Wales, in some inland parts of South Australia and in central and western Victoria).

Habitat 

It is a potential weed of grasslands, shrublands and open woodlands, particularly in semi-arid regions.

Habit 

Shrub, 0.5–1.5 m tall

Impact and control methods 

This species has escaped cultivation and become a minor environmental weed in the drier parts of south-eastern Australia. It is a potential weed of grasslands, shrublands and open woodlands, particularly in semi-arid regions.

Stem and leaves 

Dark green shrub, 0.5–1.5 m tall. Branches 35–40 mm diameter. Leaves 10–13 mm long, shed very early. Spines to 10 mm long; a stout spine in the upper broader part of the areole and smaller spines in the lower narrower part.

Reproduction and dispersal 

Flowers are pink to red to red-orange and 2–5 cm diam.,