Devil's Rope Pear, Rope Pear, Devil’s Rope, Chain-link Cactus
Introduced tree-like plant, sometimes sprawling, to 3.5m tall, with a cylindrical woody trunk. Stems succulent. Spines on the stems and the bases of the flowers, but not on the fruit. Leaves 0.8-2.4cm long, cylindrical or cone-shaped, hard to see and easily shed. Flowers pink to red to purple, with many ‘petals’, borne singly towards the ends of the stem segments. Mature fruit yellow. A weed of national significance. Noxious weed all NSW.
Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 503
Weeds of Australia Biosecurity Queensland Edition description: http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/03030800-0b07-490a-8d04-0605030c0f01/media/Html/Cylindropuntia_imbricata.htm