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JoAnne Skelly: Thorny yellow weed can harm horses

Yellow starthistle is a noxious weed with 1-inch spines radiating out from the base of the flower. Infested land can become impassable due to these spines, reducing recreation. This weed depletes soil moisture and eliminates desirable plants. It crowds out native plants, destroying valuable wildlife habitat and food sources. And if these aren’t reasons enough to control it, long-term ingestion of yellow starthistle can poison horses with chewing disease. The first signs of poisoning are twitching of the lips, tongue flicking and involuntary chewing. Permanent brain damage can result, and horses may die of starvation. Yellow starthistle is an annual. …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Sep 1, 2012 03:51AM Published Sep 1, 2012 03:50AM Copyright 2012 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.