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    13054: Cactus control on Marrilla Station

    Boxing glove cactus is native to south-central Arizona in the USA. The grey-green shrub grows up to 1.5 metres tall and has segments that resemble boxing gloves. This specimen on Marrilla Station became a serious weed after escaping a garden pot on the homestead.
    Boxing glove cactus is native to south-central Arizona in the USA. The grey-green shrub grows up to 1.5 metres tall and has segments that resemble boxing gloves. This specimen on Marrilla Station became a serious weed after escaping a garden pot on the homestead.

    Marrilla Station is located 270 kilometres north of Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region.

    'Coral' or 'Boxing Glove' Cactus (Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillata) has become an environmental weed problem on the station after escaping from a garden pot on the homestead.

    The cactus has spread to cover a 20 hectare area of spinifex country, overtaking the spinifex and other native species.

    This project aims to eradicate the cactus and return the site to its natural state by spraying and monitoring the area over a five year period.

    A field day will be hosted at the homestead to promote awareness of weeds.

    Investment: $ 20 000
    Delivery organisation: Lyndon Land Conservation District Committee
    Project duration: June 2014 - December 2014
    Location: Marrilla is situated 270kms north of Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway
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