Tribulus cistoides L.
Ace Common Name:
Puncture vine; burr-weed; Jamaican feverplant; Hawaiian Islands (Wagner et al.
1990). Common or present as a
weed in many countries around the world (Holm et al.
Synonymy: Kallstroemia cistoides
the 1960s, seed and stem weevils were successfully introduced to
East Africa; Madagascar; Mascarene Islands
the United States as biocontrol agents for T. terrestris
and T. cistoides
Trailing perennial (sometimes annual) herb, (Maddox 1976). Weevils are now established in several Caribbean
with many-branched stems to 1 m (3.2 ft) long or longer; tap root
Islands and the Bahamas, and are often spontaneous in Florida
woody; stems often slightly woody at base, tips erect, younger stems (Bennett and Baranowski 1981). Pollinated by honeybees (Apis
covered with silky hairs. Leaves opposite, to 10 cm (4 in) long, mellifera
) in Florida (Austin 1972). May cause photosensitization even-pinnate, 5-8 pairs of leaflets; leaflets elliptic or oblong, to 2.8
and nitrate poisoning in livestock (Newbould 1998), and toxicity in
cm (1 in) long and 1.2 cm (0.5 in) wide, covered with silky hairs;
other mammals (SEPASAL 2002). Fruit spines can puncture bicycle
margins entire, bases rounded, tips bluntly pointed; terminal leaflet
tires (Hammer 1999b). Spiny nutlets are animal (Kruer and Taylor
pair spine tipped; stipules linear, to 0.7 cm (0.3 in) long. Flowers
showy, solitary in leaf axils, on long, hairy stalks to 3 cm (1.1 in) Distribution:
Herbarium specimens documented from Brevard,
long; sepals 5, lance shaped; petals 5, bright yellow, rounded, to Broward, Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian
2.5 cm (1 in) long. Fruit a hard spiny capsule, burr-like, to 1.5 cm
River, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okaloosa, Okeechobee,
(0.6 in) across, splitting into 4 or 5 segments, each of which has Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and St. Lucie counties (Wunderlin two sharp spines to 8 mm (0.3 in) long and contains one or more
and Hansen 2002). Also reported from Martin County (Gann et
2001). Naturalized in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico,
Differs from the widespread, nonnative weed T. terrestris
, the Virgin Islands, and Hawaii (USDA NRCS 2002). Pantropical
which is an annual, has much smaller petals, to 1 cm (0.4 in) long,
weed that has naturalized throughout Old and New World trop-
and shorter flower stalks, to 1 cm (0.4 in).
ics (SEPASAL 2002), including the Pacific Islands (PIER 2002),
and Japan (RIB 2002). Targeted for removal from commercial
Naturalized in Florida by mid-1940s, spreading
production by FNGA/TBWG growers associations (FNGA 2001).
from military bases (Austin 1999a). Earliest introductions were pos-
sibly accidental, from fruits stuck in airplane tires (Austin 1999a) or other military equipment. Also used ornamentally as a groundcov-
Thrives in maritime habitats and dry tropical
er for coastal plantings (Hammer 1999b) and for soil stabilization
environments (Porter 1972). Salt and drought tolerant (Hammer
(Porter 1972), although the spiny fruit makes it unpopular in high
1999b). Well-developed taproot supports trailing stems that may
traffic areas (Hammer 1999b). Reported from 47 conservation areas
form thick mats to 5 m (16 ft) wide (Newbould 1998). Flowers
across south and central Florida (Gann et al.
2001, FLEPPC 2002).
year-round (Taylor 1992); reproduces from seed (HEAR 2002);
Invades dunes, coastal strands, sandy inland sites, pinelands, road
seeds are long-lived (Newbould 1998). Spiny fruits well equipped
swales, median strips, and other disturbed sites (Hammer 1999b, for efficient dispersal: they may lodge in tires and footwear, and FTG). Forms dense mats and low thickets that clamber over other
attach to animal fur (Newbould 1998). Fruit spines may also
vegetation. Colonizes beachfronts and roadsides in the Florida Keys
facilitate germination on compacted soils (Squires 1969).
(Kruer and Taylor 1999). Occurs in coastal habitats on almost all
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