NSW is cracking down on illegal cactus sales that threaten biodiversity and agricultural productivity fearing the weed could spread, causing harm to people and animals and rendering farmland useless.
Dozens of plants are prohibited from being sold in NSW including several cactus species such as Aarons beard prickly pear, blind or bunny ears cactus and boxing glove cactus.
Those caught selling the plants could be hit with a $1000 fine or up to $200,000for businesses found in breach of the Biosecurity Act.
It’s a case of buyer beware.
For a comprehensive list of NSW prohibited species visit the Weedwise Website.