Tribulus terrestris

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Tribulus terrestris

Chinese medicine
An annual herb, the fruit of which is alterative, nutritive and tonic; it strengthens muscles and tendons, facilitates labour, purifies blood, and has been used for anaemia, sexual dysfunction, malnutrition, increased urinary frequency, low breast milk production, poor vision and tinnitus.

Tribulus terrestris,

n See caltrops.


a genus of the Zygophyllaceae family of plants.

Tribulus micrococcus
Australian species contains an unidentified toxin, which causes incoordination, recumbency, paralysis in sheep; called also yellow vine.
Tribulus terrestris
1. this weed contains the toxic steroidal saponin which causes hepatic injury when eaten. The clinical syndrome consists of photosensitization, jaundice and hepatic encephalopathy. The disease is known also as 'geeldikkop' [Afrikaans] and yellow bighead. Called also caltrop, puncture vine, devil's thorn.
2. causes Coonabarabran disease of sheep in Australia; an ataxia syndrome thought to be caused by β-carboline alkaloids.
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A fearsome tire-eating patch of goatheads (looked like a healthy growth of crownvetch
When I moved from the Southwest in 1980, I had hoped to leave the noxious, spiny weed/seeds there, but it seems the goatheads have arrived.
To this day, I have recurring nightmares in which I am standing, with bare feet, in the middle of a goathead patch and do not escape
Now is the time to stop the spread of goatheads before they find a home in your neighborhood.
Stepping on a goathead is like stepping on cactus needles.
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I appreciated Mike Quigley's (July 9) and Cliff Coles' (July 13) letters about the appearance here of the awful invasive weed goathead, Tribulus terrestris, which can easily puncture a bike tire or a shoe.