This pretty little plant is our payback to the world for all the alien plants and insects we have received from abroad.  But not the plant.  The curse we have exported is the Colorado Potato Beetle which used to live and breed almost exclusively on the Buffalo-bur–until it discovered the potato.

Buffalo-bur (Solanum rostratum)

A defensive little seed.Buffalo-bur (Solanum rostratum)

It isn’t unlovely.Buffalo-bur (Solanum rostratum)

Large Buffalo-bur (Solanum rostratum)

This is the villain–the Colorado Potato Beetle.  It lays its eggs on the plant.Colorado Potato Beetle on Buffalo-bur

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