jointed cactus, noun phrase

The low-growing succulent Opuntia aurantiaca of the Cactaceae. Also attributive.
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Identified in 1903 as a noxious weed, this plant belongs to the same genus as the prickly pear.
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 4 Oct. 138The jointed cactus has made its appearance in the Colesberg district. It is the lowest type of prickly pear. Farmers should make the acquaintance of this noxious weed, so that they can have it destroyed wherever it is found.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 234Jointed Cactus, Opuntia pusilla, a dangerous weed: it is a near relative of the prickly pear, and threatens to become a great pest.
1957 I.D. Hattingh in Handbk for Farmers II. 426Jointed Cactus (Opuntia aurantiaca). This is a low-growing, widely-distributed succulent plant of the prickly pear family...Being covered with countless spines ½ an inch to ¼ inch in length, the plant cannot be eaten by livestock.
1971 Grocott’s Mail 31 Aug. 3The Jointed Cactus Committee reported on the situation with the persistent and hard-to-eradicate pest, and said present methods of getting rid of the cactus seemed hopeless.
1977 E. Prov. Herald 2 June 12The jointed cactus problem was first perceived in the late 19th century...All species of cactus in South Africa were introduced..and..some, like the jointed cactus and prickly pear, were serious weed problems in certain areas.
1983 Grocott’s Mail 18 Jan. 2Inside the boxes, in a sealed air-conditioned room, a variety of insects are happily breeding and feeding on jointed cactus plants.
The low-growing succulent Opuntia aurantiaca of the Cactaceae. Also attributive.

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