Goathead


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Related to Goathead: Tribulus terrestris

Goathead

A seed of the puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris). Such seeds have five burrs with two to four thorns each. The individual thorns are sharp and strong enough to puncture bicycle tires. Individual seeds always seem to lie on the ground with the thorns pointed up, and such thorns are very painful when stepped on by a bare foot. The vine is found throughout most of the U.S. Occasionally, the seed of the field sandbur is also called a goathead.
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One of the worst was goathead, easy to overlook because it grows low to the ground.
His favorites--pink spirals with openings as smooth as salamander mouths; ones with thirty, forty, up to fifty-three-and-a-half points; shapes that remind him of barbed wire buds and goathead burrs and water swirling down a hole--he lines up on the mantle, so that he can see them from every corner of the cabin.
Sandburs are a real problem some places and so-called "goathead" burrs are even worse.
APRIL 16 is Goathead Day, so named to "celebrate the life events that cause us to ricochet off in a completety unexpected direction"--a la the goathead-vine thorns that gave Ed's bike the flat tire.
"Barefoot Through the Goathead Patch: The Adventures of a Precocious Little Boy" is the story of a young boy through the challenges of youth and the first encounters with love, and facing the looming troubles of life ahead of him.
I appreciated Mike Quigley's (July 9) and Cliff Coles' (July 13) letters about the appearance here of the awful invasive weed goathead, Tribulus terrestris, which can easily puncture a bike tire or a shoe.
In any case my efforts the first year were dismal and I ended up with a ton of kosha and goathead weeds and very little else to show for all my back-breaking efforts!
In many parts of the far Midwest the sandbur creates a vicious obstacle course, along with another bad vegetative citizen, the goathead bur.
To this day, I have recurring nightmares in which I am standing, with bare feet, in the middle of a goathead patch and do not escape!
(That's what it was before white farmers.) Presently, expanding prairie patches exist amongst various lethal weeds (goathead and sand burrs), hanger-on annual weeds, annual grasses, and tolerated tall-growing cool-season grasses.
It's commonly called a "puncturevine" or "goathead." Google either term for a full description of the plant.