glochid


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glochid

[′glō‚kȯid]
(botany)
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The cladodes (the cactus leaves or pads) are covered with stiff thorns, while the tuna has detachable microscopic hairs, called glochids, that can easily penetrate bare skin.
This would include use of protective gloves, picking only when the plant is wet, and ceasing picking when it is windy, as the spiny structures (glochids) associated with it can become airborne.
Another common cause of skin irritation from plants stems from exposure to spines or glochids - tiny emergences of certain cacti or prickly pear plants - which can get caught in the skin and cause an itchy rash.