What is this cactus called??

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 20:32
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Saw this one when out in the back blocks near Chinchilla



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Reply By: The Explorer - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 20:59

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 20:59
Hello Kev

Not sure - are those flowers real or add ons? :)

Introduced cacti are a significant problem in some areas ...good website is Australian Invasive Cacti Network

Has pics of various types.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:06

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:06
They appeared to be real, my kids reckon they are eyes


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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:20

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:20
I think I found it :)

Cereus aka Night blooming cactus.

I think LOL




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Follow Up By: Member - i'machocoholic - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:46

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 21:46
LOL. I only found these on a corner of our property yesterday - it's the first time I've seen them in flower. Similar to your shot? I'm not a cacti lover generally, but I was impressed with these guys. I think the flowers would be around 8 inches in diameter and really only last 1 day.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 23:27

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 23:27
I would call it the "Sideshow Bob".

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 08:31

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 08:31
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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 06:23

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 06:23
Beautiful flowers, I have a few in my garden too - and they are welcome there, but not outside the garden fence! Sorry can't help with the name. Where's John and Val??? Cheers Toni
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 07:26

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 07:26
Hi Toni,
Not natives so outside my comfort zone - but I think Sir Kev has a correct name for his photo. The other one is not quite the same but looks similar enough to be in the same family. You are spot on with your comment "not outside the garden fence" though - and both these photos seem to show that even though plants with attractive flowers start out inside the garden fence, they can very easily "jump the fence". Since they are very hardy they can then easily grow and go on to establish themselves elsewhere. In our travels I have seen numerous examples where this has happened at old abandoned homes and in old mining towns - maybe not in the prickly pear category but flourishing and even spreading into surrounding areas.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 14:03

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 14:03
Quote "Not natives so outside my comfort zone"

Yes there are no native cacti in Oz. They can all be classed as weeds here.


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Reply By: gke - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 07:34

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 07:34
When I was a kid we had a cactus like that growing up a tree about 6 m tall. Flowered on a night of a full moon and lasted one day. We knew it as Moonlight Cactus.
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Reply By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 11:41

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 11:41
Sorry do not now the name but this one is a night bloomer we call it a snake cactus
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