glochid


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glo·chid

 (glō′kĭd)
n.
One of the small, easily detached, barbed spines on a cactus of the subfamily Opuntioideae, such as a prickly pear or cholla.
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Noun1.glochid - a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)glochid - a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)
pricker, prickle, spikelet, sticker, thorn, spine - a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
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cactorum females on host plants were recorded by classifying the attachment of the eggstick to either a glochid at an areole, to a spine, or on the fruit.
I learned the technical term for the barbed spines of cacti (glochids) and the name for the study of plant and animal lifecycles (phenology--not to be confused with the debunked pseudoscience phrenology).
It has tiny glochids rather than spines and, in the summer, it produces lemon-yellow flowers.