[= Harrisia balansae]
> eukaryotes >
Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants)
> Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants)
> Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering
plants) > Core Eudicots
> Order: Caryophyllales >
Family: Cactaceae > Genus: Harrisia
Native to South America. Naturalised in
southern Africa. A stem sucking mealiebug, Hypogeococcus pungens,
has brought this weed under substantial control in
South Africa (Klein 2011).
Ecological interactions in southern Africa
- Hypogeococcus pungens (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae).
This is a stem sucking mealiebug that was released in South
Africa in 1983 against Harrisia martinii. It was released
in 2006 against Harrisia bonplandii, causing extensive damage (Klein
Klein H. 2011. A
catalogue of the insects, mites and
pathogens that have been used or
rejected, or are under consideration,
for the biological control of invasive
alien plants in South Africa. African
Entomology 19(2): 515-549.