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Tribulus terrestris

Tribulus terrestris L.

 

Puncture Vine

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderSapindalesIncludes citrus; maples, horse-chestnuts, lychees and rambutans; mangos and cashews; frankincense and myrrh; mahogany and neem
FamilyZygophyllaceae
GenusTribulusFrom the Greek tribeles or tribolos and Latin tribulus for “three-pointed, a caltrop,” the shape of which is suggested by the three-pronged fruit, and referring to the caltrop, an ancient military weapon which consisted of an iron ball with projecting spikes that could be strewn on the battlefield to impede cavalry or foot soldiers. At least one spike projected upwards while others anchored the caltrop in the ground
SpeciesterrestrisLatin for “on land”

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Tribulus terrestris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 11 Oct 2018.

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Tribulus terrestris (Puncture Vine)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm)

Tribulus terrestris (Puncture Vine)

8/27/2014 · Sandy Walk, Petroglyph National Monument, NM
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Tribulus terrestris (Puncture Vine)

8/27/2014 · Sandy Walk, Petroglyph National Monument, NM
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm)

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