Hort. Dyck. 361 (1834) APNI
Erect shrub to 3 m high, occasionally with a small trunk. Terminal cladodes compressed, narrowly obovate to obovate or elliptic, 9–32 cm long, 4–14 cm wide, thickish (usually 2–2.8 cm through), glabrous, green and glossy; areoles 12–32 per cladode face, c. 18–55 mm apart, with reddish-brown glochids; spines absent or 1 (rarely 2) per areole on 1 (rarely several) areoles, spreading, 7–48 mm long, 0.7–1.2 mm wide near base, slightly curved towards apex, dark red-brown or reddish-purple with yellowish apex, ageing greyish-brown or pale grey. Flowers (3–)6–9.5 cm diam.; sepaloids distinctly crimsontinged; petaloids spreading or somewhat erect, orange, the outer ones reddish-tinged mostly toward the apex; stamens yellow; style pale yellow, stigmas green; hypanthium smooth, dull. Fruit obovoid, shallowly depressed at apex, 6–8 cm long, 2–2.5 cm diam., smooth, spineless, dull, purple, deciduous, juicy. Flowers late spring–summer.
*CVU, *MuM, *RobP, *VVP. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Locally common in far north-western Victoria (e.g. roadsides near Ouyen) and along the Murray River near Red Cliffs, noted also in bushland and along rail-lines near Bacchus Marsh, Werribee and Geelong.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|