Drooping Prickly Pear

S. Brazil, Argentina

General description

Large cactus to about 4 m high, often with thick cylindric trunk, drooping habit on larger plants. Each stem segment grows to about 30 cm long, is flattened, egg-shaped (can be elongated), attached at the pointy end. One or two spines emerging from holes in the segments. Yellow flowers up to 9 cm diameter with red tinges on margins of stem segments. Fruit up to 7.5 x 3.5 cm, fleshy, reddish purple.

Terrestrial. Sandy beaches and coastal places.

People, birds, soil movement, vegetative spread and seed.

Competes with native plants, can form monocultures in dry areas.

Site management

Recommended approaches

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
drooping prickly pear - Main species image