Wordless Wednesday: Touch-me-not!

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Wordless Wednesday: Touch-me-not!

Wordless Wednesday: Touch-me-not!

Look but don't dare touch this plant unless you wish to be speared by its spiky points that are hidden among fern-like leaves. Birds flitter with ease over, around under and through the foliage, easily escaping its needle-like tips.

This Honeybean Mesquite tree has a built-in defense system that sprouts 3 inch spikes that have been known to puncture tennis shoes and tires. The wood from the tree is used to create a smoky flavor to meats when barbecuing.

Now, do you see why this is a touch-me-not type of plant?

I'll gladly comply. 

Happy Wednesday to you all!

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Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Centennial, CO
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Wanda,  Look but don't touch, how do you plant these guys?  Now sure if I would want one in my backyard.

Nov 09, 2011 09:21 AM #7
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Sheila, This tree grows all abou the southwest and in South America too.

Peggy, I thought it was interesting to find out about the Mesquite flavor as well.

Will, They are a decorative tree used in desert landscaping. It would make a good border to keep everything out!

Nov 09, 2011 09:25 AM #8
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Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Never heard of that particular tree. Doesn't sound too nice to be around.

Nov 09, 2011 11:14 AM #9
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John Cannata
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Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Geez. I would never have known. Not sure I'll ever run into this type of tree, but honestly I hardly ever look closely at a tree before I touch it.

Nov 09, 2011 12:02 PM #10
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Than, My husband uses Mesquite chips when adding a smoky flavor to fish or other meats but the branches couls put a hurt on you.

John, The trees are beautiful when in bloom but make me think twice about touching them at all!

Nov 09, 2011 12:10 PM #11
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
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Sounds nice for a BBQ, but I certainly wouldn't want to grab it wrong. But, a spike that goes through shoes and tires? Now, that is one tough plant!

 

Nov 09, 2011 12:16 PM #12
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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Those thorns look like they could do some harm... I won't touch...

Nov 09, 2011 01:36 PM #13
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Todd, I have never seen spikes like this on a tree and was surprised to be as close as I was!

Diane, I will admire from a good distance too!

Nov 09, 2011 03:59 PM #14
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Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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I absolutely loved your blog title Wanda! :) The thorns of that tree remind me of the bouganvilla's that we have here in the desert...and they have quite the thorns. Ouch!

Nov 09, 2011 05:17 PM #15
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Michael & Cheron, Bouganvilla's remind me of "Beauty and the Beast" because of that very reason! Thank you for stopping by.

Nov 09, 2011 09:05 PM #16
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Wanda I know when to take a hint I won't get close:) those spikes looks deadly.   Thanks for the interesting tidbit.

Nov 09, 2011 09:45 PM #17
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Jennifer, Even brushing up against it could cause injury I'm sure. I am such a safety monitor at heart!

Nov 09, 2011 09:54 PM #18
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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
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Wanda,

Those are pretty good defenses to have for a plant.

Rich

Nov 09, 2011 10:38 PM #19
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Wanda, I have enjoyed mesquite smoked meats many times, but have never seen the tree... thanks

Nov 09, 2011 11:58 PM #20
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Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

I've got one word, ouch!


Nov 10, 2011 02:38 AM #21
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Rich, The message is loud and clear...stay away!

Chris, I thought this was an interesting tree but one to look at, not touch!

Dee, Yes and I shy away from sharp objects!

Nov 10, 2011 09:28 AM #22
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Debbie Walsh
Keller Williams Realty - Middletown, NY
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Wow the size of those thorns is unbelievable!  I don't think I have seen thorns that big before.  Definitely an OUCH! plant. 

Nov 10, 2011 03:29 PM #23
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Debra, You could probably put a eye on the end of one of those thorns and sew leather with it!

Nov 10, 2011 03:41 PM #24
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Kristin Hamilton
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
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Hi Wanda,

I have never seen a mesquite tree before and those thorns look extremely painful. Glad the birds can dodge them. I will remember those thorns so I do not stick myself in the future. Could be very dangerous!

Nov 10, 2011 05:21 PM #25
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Kristin, There is a reason for the spiky nature of this tree...not sure what it/they may be!

Nov 10, 2011 05:53 PM #26
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