Saturday, January 24, 2009

Double Gee

If that means something to you, you are from Western Australia. It means something to me, painfully still. This photo is taken along a country road in the wheatbelt country.
The sign asks you to check your tyres for double gees and to put them in the bin (they are trying to wipe the damn things out). If you are from the Eastern States, you may know it as three-cornered jack or Spiny Emex.

That sign took me back to the barefoot kid running around the farm - darn, those things hurt. They are like army caltrops - no matter which way they lie, one of those damn thorns points upwards, although I'm not sure how they do it, because they only have three points, not four.

The incredible thing is this: they are actually from South Africa. Some idiot, a long time ago, deliberately introduced the plant ..... as a vegetable.

4 comments:

Jo said...

Despite having lived in North Carolina I haven't come across this one. By the sound of it, thank goodness. There are quite enough things out there to cause trouble without that one.

Imagine me said...

They are nasty little tings. I remember having to pull dozens out of my shoes whenever we visited a relation's farm as a child. Apparently they cause problems with the wool too because they are devilishly difficult to remove to process it. I got stabbed a few times myself when preparing wool for hand spinning.

Skaldi said...

They're also called a devil's head. Cause, if you look at them at just the right way, that's what they look like.

They're just under a cm long.

I have one in my jewellery box.

Imagine me said...

Dang. I collected some of the diabolical little monsters in the local park yesterday - and they do look like a devil's head.