Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Tribulus terrestris Linnaeus
(Puncture Vine, Goathead)
Children are familiar with Tribulus terrestris, it is the common puncture vine that wreaks havoc on bicycle tires around the country. The flowers are yellow and they produce a sharply pointed fruit (a schizocarp) that causes all of the problems.
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Tribulus terrestris, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Bill Evans Road, July 8, 2007
Tribulus terrestris, growth habit, photo Russ Kleinman, Tyrone, Aug. 12, 2008
Tribulus terrestris, 1x macro of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Hwy 35 in the Mimbres Valley, July 14, 2009
Tribulus terrestris, schizocarp (fruit), photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, October 9, 2011
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