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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Boxing glove cactus

Cylindropuntia fulgida

Common name:

Boxing glove cactus

Scientific name:

Cylindropuntia fulgida

Alternative common names:

Boxing glove cholla, Club cactus, Coral cactus, Jumping cactus, 

Distinguished by presence of distorted segments; corrugated surface of segments; presence of small bristles (glochids) in clusters in depressions (areoles) on segments, these glochids readily attach to skin and are difficult to remove, areoles also have white to brownish spines, thorns are at the base of areoles and glochids at the tops; absence of flowers and therefore fruit.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    Boxing glove cholla, Club cactus, Coral cactus, Jumping cactus,

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    NEMBA - Category 1b.

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Arid regions of the Northern and Eastern Cape as well as the Limpopo Province

    How does it spread?

    Spreads vegetatively by movement of segments which root where they contact the ground. Much of the movement is by water down watercourses.

    Why is it a problem?

    Boxing-glove cactus injures human beings and animals and drastically reduces the carrying capacity of affected land.

    What does it look like?

    Leaves: Leaves reduced into spines Flowers: Flowers, which are not often seen, have magenta, backwards-curving "petals", just like chain-fruit cholla Fruit/seeds: Boxing-glove cactus also produces its fruit in chains but, in contrast with the smooth fruit of chain-fruit cholla, its fruit have distinct tubercles. Like chain-fruit cholla, its fruit are also sterile.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    During droughts animals like the bighorn sheep rely on the juicy fruit for food and water. Because they grow in inaccessible and hostile places of the desert

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General News Updates

2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasio…


This is your invitation to South Africa's 2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasions. The convention is hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB), University of Stellenbosch, and the Biolo... Read more

2019 Invasive Species Training


During the past five years (2014-2018), ISSA invasive species trainers have trained 4 000 in the identification of invasive species and laws pertaining to invasive species across South Africa.  ... Read more

Alien Grass Working Group


Who are we? The South African National Alien Grass Working Group was jointly initiated by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Centre for Excellence in Invasion Biology (C·I·B) in... Read more

Permits for planting indigenous Cynodon?


On 16 February, 2018, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs issued amendments to the regulations and lists relating to the National List of Invasive Species.  Updates to the draft&n... Read more

Invasive species training 2018 dates released


Interested in invasive species?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state? The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) have released... Read more

Communications post for Africa advertised


The Nature Conservancy has advertised a brand new post:  Communications Manager, Africa Region. Knowledge of invasive species and water would be an asset in this post. See details below:    Job Titl... Read more