Taxon: Tribulus cistoides L.

Genus: Tribulus
Family: Zygophyllaceae
Subfamily: Tribuloideae
Nomen number: 447663
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:387. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 12-Jan-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 12-Jan-2005
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • burnut  (Source: F Florida) - English
  • Jamaican feverplant  (Source: F Florida) - English
  • kill Bukra  (Source: F Jam) - English
  • Kingston-buttercup  (Source: F Jam) - English
  • large yellow caltrop  (Source: F PuertoR) - English
  • pagode  (Source: F Mascar) - English
  • puncturevine  (Source: F Mascar) - English
  • turkey-blossum  (Source: F Jam) - English
  • herbe soleil  (Source: F LAnt) - French
  • herse  (Source: F LAnt) - French
  • pourpier-bord de mer  (Source: F LAnt) - French
  • abrojo  (Source: F PuertoR) - Spanish
  • cabeza de arriero  (Source: F PuertoR) - Spanish
  • yerba de araña  (Source: F PuertoR) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Weed: (fide F TE Afr)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea ; Ethiopia ; Somalia
    • South Tropical Africa: Mozambique
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar ; Mauritius ; Reunion
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Malesia: Indonesia Celebes, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

  • Naturalized


  • Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  • Backer, C. A. & R. C. Bakhuizen van den Brink, Jr. Flora of Java. (F Java)
  • Barker, R. M. 1998. A trial key and notes on Tribulus (Zygophyllaceae) in Australia, including one new species and validation of Tribulus suberosus (Nuytsia) 12:25.
  • Bosser, J. M. et al., eds. Flores des Mascareignes. (F Mascar)
  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  • Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston Manual of the vascular plants of Texas. 1970 (F Tex)
  • Editorial Committee of the Flora of Taiwan Flora of Taiwan, ed. 2. (F Taiwan ed2)
  • Hedberg, I. & S. Edwards Flora of Ethiopia. 1989- (and Eritrea. 2000) (F Ethiop)
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11. (L Aust)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  • Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75. 1999 (L Ecuador)
  • Liogier, H. A. Descriptive flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands. (F PuertoR)
  • Merrill, E. D. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. (F Philipp)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden W³Tropicos (on-line resource). (TROPICOS)
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. (F Guat)
  • Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. Flora malesiana. (F Males)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
  • Wagner, W. L. et al. Manual of the flowering plants of Hawai'i. 1990 (F Hawaii)
  • Wunderlin, R. P. Guide to the vascular plants of Florida. 1998 (F Florida)


Check other web resources for Tribulus cistoides L. :


  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image