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Old 01-29-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
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Quartzite Dog Warning

If you have dogs that are close to the ground, or are avid sniffers / bush hunters like mine ...

... Then this plant is your worst nightmare.

As the thing dies, it drops the meanest little bombs of stickers all around the plant, sometimes up to 4 to 5 feet away.

Once your dog gets in that area, it's crying time for both of you.

Sometimes they stick in as a whole burr, but some of them break off, only leaving a trace of the splinter sticking out, and possibly in the webbing of their feet.

TWEEZER TIME. Not only did paws come out bleeding, but I pulled on out of my dogs lip that was buried almost a quarter of an inch, more was in than sticking out, right through to the gum, which made it tough to pull out.

Once they hit the ground and dry, they are very tough to spot, and on top of that, sometimes they die inside the branches of another bush that is still alive, making them even harder to spot.

ouchies

Oh and check your shoes, cause they will lodge all over the bottom of your shoe, requiring tweezers to remove if you don't want to track them in.
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Wow. Looks like a sand spur on steroids!
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Thanks for the warning! We are in Phoenix, not Quartzite, but I will keep my eyes open for those thorns/seeds whatever they are. We are new to the desert flora so all info is welcome!
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Cholla cactus - referred to as "Jumping cactus", as the seeds "jump" out away from the base to propagate. Pretty from afar, no fun up close...

http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/may/papr/chollas.html
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Evil - god has a funny sense of humor!

Yeah its a cactus that drops it's spurs and they are sharp as all get out.
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They also have barbs on the end and are painful when they are stuck in you and when you pull them out.
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They also have barbs on the end and are painful when they are stuck in you and when you pull them out.
Yes, the thing is awful! I guess that's a pretty effective way to spread the sead though, but geezzz!
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