New book at the printer

Cylindropuntia spinosior, buds

For many years, State Herbarium Hon. Associate and former staff member Bob Chinnock has undertaken research on opuntioid cacti in Australia (prickly pears and relatives). The first part of his revision of the feral opuntioid cacti in Australia, containing the cylindrical-stemmed genera Austrocylindropuntia, Cylindropuntia and Corynopuntia, will be published soon.

Opuntioid cacti are some of the worst weeds in Australia. This book will be 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 go to for more information and to register your interest, so we can notify you by email once the book is published.