Help prevent the spread of invasive cacti

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    People travel through the North West region of NSW each year with popular tourist destinations like Lightning Ridge, attracting approximately 80,000 tourists each year where invasive cacti are a serious problem. Uncontrolled, invasive cactus spread easily and rapidly through the landscape. They are hard to manage and degrading land.

    Cacti are known to attach to vehicles and then drop off kilometers from where they first attached. Cacti are adaptable, grow anywhere and they will root in the unlikeliest of places not needing many resources to survive.

    Cacti have serious consequences and the potential to; injure people, livestock and pets; reduce land value; displace native flora; kill native fauna; make mustering difficult; penetrate skin, shoes and tyres with their spines.

    Cacti are recognised for being drought tolerant, they are not native to Australia and can be highly invasive if not managed appropriately. If during your travels you see a unique looking cactus, avoid collecting. The flowers or fruit could also lead to its spread.



    Hudson pear Cylindropuntia pallida

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    Biocontrol of Hudson pear Cylindropuntia pallida using the cochineal Dactylopius tomentosus (californica var. parkerii)

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    Atlas of Living Australia -
    Australian Invasive Cacti Network (AICN) -
    Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicinal Authority (APVMA) -
    Biological Control DPI -
    Department of Primary Industries (DPI) -
    DPI Weeds -
    NSW Biocontrol Weeds Taskforce -
    NSW WeedWise -
    North West Local Land Services (NW LLS) -
    North West Weeds -
    PlantNET -
    Weed Control and Identification -
    Weeds of National Significance -

    North West Landcare

    North West Plains Sustainability Group -
    Northern Slopes Landcare Association -
    Tamworth Regional Landcare Association -


    Australian Weed Strategy -
    New South Wales Weed Control Handbook -
    Invasive Cacti Field Guide: Identification and control of invasive cacti, North West NSW -
    Opuntiod Cacti Best Practice Control Manual -

    NSW Acts and Regulations

    Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 -
    Biosecurity Act 2015 -
    EPA Pesticide Act 1999 -
    EPA Pesticide Regulation 2017 -
    Local Land Services Act 2013 -

    invasive cacti identification guideInvasive cacti in North West NSW

    Identification and biological control options

    click HERE to download the Poster Guide

    invasive cacti field guideInvasive Cacti Field Guide

    Identification and control of invasive cacti, North West NSW

    click HERE to download the Field Guide


    Keep up to-date with all the latest news and what’s happening in the world of cactus! Whether it’s making sure you’re using effective integrated control methods including biocontrol, chemical control and manual removal or correctly identifying the cacti species in your backyard.

    You can find out about latest in emerging technologies, what other community member are achieving and what other government agencies are doing including research, publications and cacti events happening in the North West region of New South Wales.

    To receive the Cactus Quarterly and event invitations straight to your inbox sign up today here.


    If you find any suspicious weeds please call your council so their response team can work with you on identifying and controlling any State or Regional Priority Weeds you might find on your property.

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    Postal Address: Po Box 108
    Bingara NSW 2404

    Office: 35B Maitland Street
    Bingara NSW 2404


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