Cactus Book

cacti_frontNow published…

R.J. Chinnock
Feral opuntioid cacti in Australia
Part I. Cylindrical-stemmed genera: Austrocylindropuntia, Cylindropuntia and Corynopuntia
69 pages, full colour throughout
Price $25 (incl. GST)
Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Supplement 3 (2015)

The State Herbarium of South Australia has now published the first part of Bob Chinnock’s revision of weedy cacti in Australia.

A field identification section will provide an easy means to identify the plants and the taxonomic section will contain detailed descriptions and notes on every species. Introductory chapters on opuntioid morphology, how to collect and prepare pressed specimens, dispersal and biological/chemical control, and a glossary complete the book.

Part II, containing the flat stemmed genus Opuntia (incl. Nopalea) is currently in preparation.

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This book is an essential reference tool for land owners and managers, staff of government agencies, conservation groups, people involved in bushcare, and anyone concerned with identifying and eradicating weedy cacti. It will also be a valuable addition to libraries of ecologists and botanists, and people interested in cacti and succulents.

Please click here to download the order form.

Orders can be placed by

  • phone +61 (0)8 8222 9311 or fax +61 (0)8 8222 9399
  • emailing a scanned copy of this form to
  • posting this order form to
    State Herbarium of South Australia, PO Box 2732, Kent Town, SA 5071, Australia.

Books can also be bought in person from the Botanic Gardens of South Australia front desk (Goodman Building, Hackney Road, Adelaide).

Please contact the Editor of the Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for further details.

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Book reviews & announcements…

Growing Australian Dec. 2015, p. 15


Across the Outback Vol. 75, Nov. 2015, p. 15


Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS) Newsletter Vol. 164 (Sep. 2015), pp. 43-45


WeedWise Vol. 16(1), Sep. 2015, p. 8

WeedWise 16(1) Sep. 2015

The Weekender Herald Vol. 507 (4 Sep. 2015), p. 23

Cactus book The Weekender Herald review