in K.Schum., Gesamtbeschr. Kakt. 688 (1898) APNI
Erect shrub, 0.7–1.8 m high, trunk often well-developed, to c. 1 m high. Terminal cladodes compressed, relatively thin (5–8 mm through), narrowly linear-elliptic or oblong, 20–35 cm long, 3.5–6 cm wide, dull green, minutely papillate (papillae to 0.1 mm long); areoles 45–70 per cladode face, close-set, c. 7–20 mm apart, filled with pale brown and white wool and yellowish-brown glochids; spines 1–3 per areole, straight, rigid, 4–10 mm long, 0.5–0.8 mm wide near base, spreading, yellow, rather sparse, some segments lacking spines. Flowers 4–5 cm diam.; sepaloids pink-tinged (flesh-coloured); petaloids spreading, yellow; stamens yellow; style white, stigmas green; hypanthium spinose, slightly tuberculate, remaining green. Fruit sterile, 2.5–3.5 cm long, 1.5 cm diam., more or less tuberculate. Flowers late spring–summer.
*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised in NSW, ACT. Indigenous to northern Argentina. Sparingly established from garden-derived plants on roadsides at South Morang and Greta West, and along a rail-line near Prahran and beside Merri Creek at Clifton Hill.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|