eve’s pin cactus

Austrocylindropuntia subulata
Reduced / Needle

Austrocylindropuntia subulata can reach heights up to 4 meters, with numerous branches. The elongated, slightly brittle branches are up to 50 centimeters long. The stems are marked by rhomboid to ovate bumps in a few spiral rows. At the tip of each bump is the areole, from which grow one to four straight, grayish-white spines up to 8 centimeters long. The awl-like rudimentary leaves are up to 12 centimeters long.

Common names 
Also known as: Eve's Needle, Eve's-pin prickleypear, Long Spine Cactus, Eve’s Needle Cactus, Eve's Pin, Cane Cholla,
Flowering time 
Not known in Australia
Peruvian Andes
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 

South Australia


Cool Arid


Branching shrub to three metres tall. Forms patches to eight metres wide. Leaves to 12 centimetres long and these may persist for more than one season.

Impact and control methods 

Austrocylindropuntia could displace other species from native vegetation and hinder movement of humans and animals. However, they are slow growing and have not been reported as causing problems in South Australia. Austrocylindropuntia may be able to naturalise in areas of South Australia south of 32° S.

Stem and leaves 

Stem segments are glossy green, sometimes with a purple tinge (especially around the areoles and margins). Often more than 2 cm thick, 5–25 cm long.
Leaves: evergreen wide leaves, elongated 30-60 or 120 mm long, curved, fleshy and persistent.

Flowers and fruits 

Flowers are pink. Fruit large, solitary or in small chains of 2–4, green, 50–135 mm long.

Reproduction and dispersal 

It spread by seeds dispersal

Similar species 

A. cylindrica