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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.

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