Opuntia microdasys

Family Cactaceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [Weeds of National Significance; NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesAngel's-wings, Bunny-ears Prickly-pear, Golden-bristle, Golden-bristle Cactus, Goldplush, Teddy Bear Cactus, Yellow Bunny Ears
SynonymsCactus microdasys Lehm.; Opuntia macrocalyx Griffiths; Opuntia microdasys subsp. microdasys; Opuntia microdasys var. albispina Fobe; Opuntia microdasys var. laevior Salm-Dyck; Opuntia microdasys var. minor Salm-Dyck; Opuntia microdasys var. pallida Borg
Growth formSucculent, Shrub
Seed dispersal morphologyFleshy fruit/Edible/Aril
Maximum height (m)1
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeNorth America
Exotic range (Australia)WA, SA, NSW
Exotic range (other)Africa, North America
Habitat types (exotic)Garden escape, Rangelands
Soil type (exotic)Sandy, Loamy
Decade of introduction1920

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Rating [?]

Climate scenario Australia ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Current climate 300264123002638
RCP 8.5 2050 30034083442030
RCP 8.5 2070 30030083442034

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2050 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2070 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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Further Information