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Common name: Wheel Cactus, Camuesa
Opuntia robusta J.C.Wendl. ex Pfeiff. APNI*
Description: Tree-like plant 3–4 m high, sometimes with a distinct trunk. Segments ± circular, compressed, mostly 20–25 cm long, bluish green, glaucous. Spines 1–12, brown or yellowish at base, white above; mostly 8–12, to 5 cm long, spines sometimes absent.
5 cm diam., yellow, often unisexual.
Fruit ± globose to ovoid, 7–8 cm long, pink to purple.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized but not common in N.S.W., confined to areas near the Vic. border and Broken Hill. Native of Mexico.
NSW subdivisions: *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A.
Declared Noxious Weed
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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