Click on the name of a different pollen below to find out more about it,
or click on the other microscope for a different view of this pollen.

Bur Oak Cattail Cocklebur Cottonwood
Dandelion Kentucky Bluegrass Pigweed Ragweed
River Birch Russian Thistle Sunflower White Pine

Xanthium strumarium

Like many wind-pollinated plants, cockleburs have tiny flowers that release enormous amounts of pollen into the air. Cockleburs are related to ragweed, and they are a troublesome hay fever plant. You're more likely to recognize cockleburs by their prickles than by their pollen. If you've ever stepped in a cocklebur patch you've probably come out with a busload of burs on your socks and shoes. These prickly plants grow thick in the rich soil of fields and riverbeds. The burs are actually a casing to protect the plant's seeds. The sharp hooks help the burs hitch a ride to new places where the seeds can put down roots. That's how the plant has traveled across oceans and continents. Cockleburs now grow all over the world.