Tribulus terrestris is a species of weed in the family Caltropidae. Goat’s head, cat’s head, Devil’s thorn, Vine puncture, devil’s lashes, Caltrop weed, and tackweed are the most commonly used common names given to Tribulus terrestris. It grows on Sandy sites and rocky sites where the soil drains well. It is one of the most widespread weeds of its kind. Like other members of the terrestris family, it prefers dry areas in full sun. Landfills, farms, railways and meadows are all suitable for these plants. And so is your backyard or backyard garden.
Characteristically, the goat’s head weed is an annual broad-leaved, fast-growing plant with a deep root that has fine rhizomes branching from the center. The stems radiate in a twisting motion, forming a dense carpet that takes everything in its path. In leafy areas, stems can grow upright.
Each leaf is divided into 4 to 8 pairs of smaller leaves. From spring to autumn, small bright yellow flowers bloom in the morning. Each flower has five petals and protrudes from the Leaf axis. After the flowers bloom and die, a seed pod is formed, consisting of 5 prickly blackberries called goat heads. The heads have multiple thorns that Pierce a large number of people, animals and things. The plant came from southern Europe and escaped to many different areas of the world.
Identification Of Goat Head Weeds
In the Rocky Mountain States and in a grass-covered garden in bermuda, goat’s head finds a way to thrive. If it is young, it can be difficult to identify without its flower. Since the main plant of the GOAT has numerous growth phases in its life cycle, we will discuss how to identify it in each of these phases.
Tribulus terrestris can resemble other plants in the youngest period of growth. Such plants as purslane and spotted spurge are sometimes confused with cat’s head, although they are not so harmful from an ecological point of view. Look for green leaves with gray underparts that have slightly indented tips. Each leaf should have a protruding midvein and will not be more than one centimeter by one centimeter. The stems radiate in a swirling way from a central tap root. And the whole plant should not be wider than a few centimeters.
Mature Planting Phase
Tribulus terrestris usually grows on the ground, but between dense leaves it grows upright. Look for the characteristic leaves, but keep in mind that in the mature stage they cease to be green. In contrast, these plants can have reddish to brown leaves. They will also be covered with hairs at this stage. Look for small petals that are arranged in about seven pairs of petals. Stems occasionally branch up to 1 meter wide on either side of the underground tap root.
From spring to autumn, the bright yellow flower of Tribulus terrestris blooms. In California, the plant usually blooms from March to October. In Arizona from July to September. When the plant usually blooms, it is largely determined by the regional climate and Geology. Each flower has 5 petals and is about the same width as the leaves. If you’re wondering if the plant you’ve chosen is the dreaded goat-headed weed, see if the flowers open in the morning. This is the time when the flower blooms.
The flower of the Tribulus terrestris plant blooms, dies, and the plant forms a devil’s thorn or a prickly fruit that has several thorns that resemble the head of a goat. If the seed pods fall off, they are embedded in nearby plant debris, bare feet and fur. They can also get tangled in their feet, pierce the bottom of their shoes, or even puncture bicycle tires. That’s how they spread so easily. They eliminate the ability of other plants (especially native plants) to gain a foothold in an ecological niche. Another way that goat head weeds manage to be so successful has to do with the ability of the seed pod to remain dormant for up to 5 years. This is the main reason why it is widely found around the world. The growth phase of seed production is where the devil’s claw reproduces.