Cocklebur seed head remains by pond
From February 21, 2012, on the Blackland Prairie in far northeast Austin, come the remains of a cocklebur plant, Xanthium strumarium, that was standing in shallow water near the edge of a sump. Like the seed capsules of the European burdock that inspired Velcro, these prickly seed capsules are designed to break off and cling to the fur of animals (and now to the hair and clothing of people).
Although Xanthium strumarium isn’t a rare plant in Austin, today marks its first appearance in these pages.
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