Tribulus terrestris

ClassificationDicots
FamilyZygophyllaceae
Family (Traditional)Liliaceae
GenusTribulus
Species:Tribulus terrestris L.
Common NamePuncturevine; Devils Thorn
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: Yes; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Invasive Rank: TN-IPC Emerging Threat; Duration: Annual; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Moisture Requirements: Xeric; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Reproductive Phenology: November; Reproductive Phenology: December; Leaf Arrangement: opposite; Leaf Complexity: compound; Leaf Dissection: 1; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Rank: 2-ranked; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: pinnate; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 6; Leaflet Number: 8; Leaflet Number: 10; Leaflet Number: 12; Leaflet Number: 14; Leaflet Number: 16; Leaflet Number: 18; Anther Type: Basifixed; Base Flower Color: White; Base Flower Color: Yellow; Carpel Number/Pistil: 5; Fruit Complexity: Simple; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Schizocarp; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Inflorescence Position: axillary; Inflorescence Types: solitary; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 13+; Petal Fusion: No; Petal Number: 5; Pistil Complexity: Compound; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sepal Fusion: No; Sepal Number: 5; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 10; Tepal Fusion: No; Tepal Number: 0
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; Invasive; TN[SNA] KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

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Ecoregions
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim

Synonyms

No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Ballard (KY), Barren (KY), Fulton (KY), Jefferson (KY), Kenton (KY), Marion (KY), Chester (TN), Dyer (TN), Lake (TN), Shelby (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, KNK, MEM, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1962 - 1984

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31973000012825 Kenton Kentucky 16 Aug 1978 Applegarth, Patrick
474
KNK
Tribulus terrestris
31973000012827 Jefferson Kentucky 04 Jun 1979 Thieret, John
50938
KNK
Tribulus terrestris
116 Lake Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
TENN-V-0135116 Lake Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
TENN-V-0135115 Dyer Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
115 Dyer Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
117 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
TENN-V-0135119 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
APSC0032854 Barren Kentucky 22 Aug 1976 Jerry and Carol Baskin
APSC
Tribulus terrestris
APSC0000015 Dyer Tennessee 22 Jul 1984 E W Chester
84-266
APSC
Tribulus terrestris
APSC0103810 Ballard Kentucky
APSC
Tribulus terrestris
31973000012829 Marion Kentucky 25 Jun 1979 Hils, Matthew
38
KNK
Tribulus terrestris
119 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
TENN-V-0135117 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
TENN-V-0135118 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
TENN-V-0135114 Chester Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
114 Chester Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
TENN-V-0135120 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
118 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
120 Shelby Tennessee
TENN
Tribulus terrestris
MEM015178 Fulton Kentucky 09 Aug 1962 Elizabeth M. Browne, Edward T. Browne Jr.
6018
MEM
Tribulus terrestris
MEM005964 Ballard Kentucky 04 Aug 1972 Raymond Athey
1990
MEM
Tribulus terrestris
MEM012211 Shelby Tennessee 05 Aug 1978 James Files
78H0507
MEM
Tribulus terrestris
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