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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Zygophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Tribulus terrestris   FAMILY Zygophyllaceae   Go to FSUS key



SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tribulus terrestris   FAMILY Zygophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)

Tribulus terrestris

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 12 (2016)

Tribulus terrestris

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)

Tribulus terrestris

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 102-01-001:

Tribulus terrestris   FAMILY Zygophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)

Tribulus terrestris

 

COMMON NAME:
Puncture-weed, Caltrop, Devil's-thorn, Puncture Vine


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image of Tribulus terrestris, Puncture-weed, Caltrop, Devil's-thorn, Puncture Vine

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trte_001_lvd

        

image of Tribulus terrestris, Puncture-weed, Caltrop, Devil's-thorn, Puncture Vine

USDA / Selected Weeds of the US. 1970    swus_page_243

        

 

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Tribulus terrestris   FAMILY Zygophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tribulus terrestris   FAMILY Zygophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Tribulus terrestris

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 12
Tribulus terrestris

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
Tribulus terrestris

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 102-01-001:
Tribulus terrestris   FAMILY Zygophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Tribulus terrestris

 

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1528

Forb
Annual

Habitat: dunes, sandy roadsides, ballast, per Weakley's Flora

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

Rare

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Fruit armed with 2-4 spreading spines

LEAVES:
Even-pinnately compound: 8-10 & 12-18 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow
5 sepals
5 petals
10 stamens

Flowers in leaf axils, solitary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of mericarps

 

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