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Cacti buyers beware
Buying cacti and succulents on overseas websites or bringing them home after international trips could land you with a penalty of up to $63,000 or five years in jail. More than 300 plants were impounded at Australian mail centres and airports from January to the end of September, which may be partly due to the current trend for indoor plants (see story on page 29.)
“These spiky succulents might seem harmless but they could harbour serious weeds, pests or diseases,” says Nico Padovan, head of biosecurity operations for the Department of Agriculture. “Imported species also have the potential to become weeds in Australia,” he adds.