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Buffalo Bur
Solanaceae
Solanum rostratum


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Solanaceae Family

Solanum Genus

Location

Found on a roadside in Utah.


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Solanaceae
Nightshade Family
Solanales
Solanales
Nightshade Order
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

AKA: Kansas Thistle and Prickly Nightshade.


When mature, the main stem breaks near the ground and the plant rolls like a tumbleweed, widely scattering the 8500 seeds that each plant produces.


Occasionally, plants sold as tomato seedlings have matured into buffalobur.
The name "buffalobur" dates back to the time of settlement of the Great Plains when the plant grew abundantly in the disturbed soil of buffalo wallows.
Buffalo carried the burs great distances in their shaggy coats.



Buffalo Bur
Buffalo Bur - August 13, 2009



Buffalo Bur
Buffalo Bur - August 13, 2009



Buffalo Bur
Buffalo Bur - August 13, 2009



Buffalo Bur
Buffalo Bur - August 13, 2009

Comment: Buffalo Bur, Solanum rostratum

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gardengeek
gardengeek
August 14, 2009
The tomato seed that matures into a buffalobur was always a buffalobur, it just got mixed in because both plants look similar, and the buffalobur has developed a way to get it's seeds widely dispersed. As far as I know, the two species cannot interbreed, so a tomato plant cannot produce buffalobur seeds.
tobolonoble
tobolonoble
August 14, 2009
Very interesting. Strange that a tomato seedling may mature in to buffalobur? How does this happen? I did know that the tomato plant is in the nightshade family also, does this have something to do with the how this happens?

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