New Mexico Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis) is also known as Escarpment Live Oak. It is just one of New Mexico’s native evergreen oaks and is found in the SE part of the state. It is closely related to Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) but is smaller, and more cold and drought tolerant. It has tough, thick, green leaves and can reach 20-25 ft tall and wide. Most often it grows with multiple trunks and has a deep root system. It can grow as much as 2 feet per year. Once established it is quite drought and heat tolerant making a great landscaping tree to cool off a west or south facing wall.
Goatheads ( Tribulus terrestris ) are native to Southern Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Goatheads are also called stickers, sticker weed, bullhead, devil’s weed, and puncturevine. Goatheads are easily recognized by their prostrate growth form, leaves with leaflets, yellow flowers, and stickers (Goatheads). If you miss’em visually then they will stab you painfully in the fingers as you work your garden, or stick to your clothing and shoes. Goatheads are the primary reason local bicyclists must get “thorn proof” tires for riding on area trails and streets. Goatheads have prostrate stems that radiate outward from one central point. Leaves are compound with smaller leaflets. Lemon yellow flowers form along the stems and fertilized flowers form fruits. Fruits consist of several attached structures called nutlets (Goatheads). Each nutlet is a single seed that becomes hard or woody when mature. Each seed has two sharp spines that easily penetrat