Scourge of the Season

Last year it was those pesky Russians

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Just when they looked ready to take over our serene valley my call to arms rang out.  You, my army of 11 brave souls took it upon yourselves to confront this menace.  This summer I look around and see a lot less Russian Thistle and ipso facto you all did a heckuva job.  I call upon you once again to help stop an invader in its tracks.

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Awww look how happy and green and lush it looks on the hot dusty trail

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What charming blooms! A buttercup perhaps? Maybe I’ll pluck some and tuck it behind my ear…

thorny

Arghhhh!!!!

Introducing the puncture vine.  What it lacks in ubiquity it makes up for in sheer maliciousness.

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Bike riders and dog owners are probably already well-acquainted with these nefarious fruits.

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Tribulus terrestris is a member of the Zygophyllaceae family and grows almost world-wide and does especially well in warm,  disturbed areas from deserts to tropics.  Among the more colorful common names are devil’s eyelashes, bindi, goat’s head and caltrop.  In case you aren’t up on your Greek era war stratagems, caltrops (Latin for foot trap) were multi-pointed metal spikes strewn strategically to slow down elephants, horses and especially camels.

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These tenacious tendrils find a minute cache of moisture and after flowering for one week turn into gruesome little paw punishers.

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Derivations of the plant are used in numerous cultures for male potency and it has become popular as a supplement for body builders.

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If you see this bugger a swift chop with your boot heel should do the trick.  I have no doubt you are up to the task, thanks for your support.

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