Have you ever stood on a prickle? Going barefoot in summer often meant a foot full of bindii prickles where I grew up.
These prickles that are even more painful to stand on.
What good are prickles anyway?
A prickle is attached to a seed which is catching a ride somewhere. The sharp (ouch) pointy bit attaches it to something, usually an animal. If you take a dog for a walk through long grass you might discover a few prickles and other seeds that stick well to dogs and socks.
I found all these different seeds sticking to my socks after a walk in long grass. They’re full of hooks, darts and bristles.
I’ll bet where you live there are different types of prickles and other things that can stick to your clothes.
Three corner jack (Emex australis): Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org
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