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Opuntia rufida

Blind Cactus at Bruce, ACT

Opuntia rufida at Bruce, ACT - 25 Aug 2019
Opuntia rufida at Bruce, ACT - 25 Aug 2019
Opuntia rufida at Bruce, ACT - 25 Aug 2019
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Opuntia rufida 2 Dec 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Opuntia elata 23 Nov 2019 AlisonMilton

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Not sure whether to call this one plant or multiple. Growing right down the slope.

2 comments

   3 Dec 2019
Although it keys out as Opuntia elate on Plantnet - the lack of spines and finely and regularly spaced pits and teh reddish colour of teh hairs suggests blind cactus, so named as the fine easily separated hairs can blind cattle. This looks like a planted specimen - what were they thinking?
   3 Dec 2019
I'd say it was planted also. Not the first time I've seen similar plants deliberately planted outside of a suburban yard. I dug up all the ones I found along the verge of Kingsford-Smith Drive in Hawker some years ago.

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Opuntia rufida (Blind Cactus) at Bruce, ACT - 10 Sep 2020 by JVR
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  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Noxious or High Risk Weed or Pest

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 25 Aug 2019 02:16 PM Recorded on
  • AlisonMilton Recorded by

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  • 30cm to 1 metre Plant height

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