Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Xanthium spinosum Linnaeus
Acanthoxanthium spinosum (Linnaeus) Fourr.
Xanthium spinosum, like Xanthium strumarium, has spiny fruits that stick tenaciously to clothing and
fur. Xanthium spinosum has thinner fruits with fewer spines. The foliage of Xanthium spinosum is deep green with
with venation, while the foliage on Xanthium strumarium is light green and broader.
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Xanthium spinosum, photo Russ Kleinman, Tyrone, McKinney Rd., Oct. 3, 2007
Xanthium spinosum, closeup of bur enclosing achenes (nature's velcro), photo Russ Kleinman, Black Mountain near Cliff, October 23, 2009
Xanthium spinosum, closeup of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman, Black Mountain near Cliff, October 23, 2009
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