Penguin Droppings

By gen2

Little Arrows, Little Arrows

The dreaded Acaena, not the Leapy Lee variety!

This is part of the burr produced by the plant Acaena novae-zelandiae (buzzy or biddy-bids).

Unlike other burrs which have hooks, this plant has barbed arrows. Once they get into your clothing, there is only one way they can move - inwards! Then it is not long before they are attacking flesh - very irritating.

Fortunately, these plants are not particularly common around here (Hobart, Tasmania) - unlike my experiences on South Georgia with the related species Acaena magellanica where it was ubiquitous and agressive.

This particular image is of a young flowerhead where the arrows are still pink and relatively soft. As they age, they become stiffer and a golden brown colour.

These little arrows are best avoided . . .
. . . but if you prefer the Leapy Lee version, here is a link:

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