Random Plant: Jamaican feverplant

Jamaican feverplant (Tribulus cistoides, Zygophyllaceae) photographed 04/10/2012 on Matecumbe Key, Florida.

I recently came across some of these Jamaican feverplants (Tribulus cistoides, Zygophyllaceae) at the south end of Matecumbe Key in Florida.  This prostrate herb is also known as puncture vine or puncture weed because the fruit grow stiff, sharp spines.

Jamaican feverplant (Tribulus cistoides, Zygophyllaceae) photographed 04/10/2012 on Matecumbe Key, Florida.

This tropical plant is common along roadways and disturbed areas along the Atlantic coast in the deep south.  It was introduced to Florida as a groundcover plant but is now considered invasive.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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