Acanthospermum australe (Loefling) Kuntze - Spiny-Bur
Family - Asteraceae
Flowers and involucre close-up.
Flowering - May - November.
Habitat - Waste ground, fields, roadsides, disturbed areas.
Origin - Native to tropical America.
Other information - This weedy little species can be found mainly in southern Alabama. It is probably more abundant than has been reported and can most likely be found in every southern county of the state. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its mostly creeping habit, opposite leaves, and bur-like fruits. The fruits are actually an expanded inner involucre with each of the phyllaries enclosing an achene. The hooked prickles stick to fabric and hair and are easily distributed.
Photographs taken off CR 59, Macon County, AL., 9-24-04.