Mugshots from the Allergy Sufferers’ Most-Wanted List
Patients with seasonal allergies often wonder what the various trees, grasses, and weeds look like that have caused so much misery. Here are photos, some taken by Dr Morgan locally.
Notice these plants tend to have plain appearances, without notable flowers. This is of course because the wind spreads their pollen, and they don’t need to entice insects to do so.
Pollen similar to olive and privet trees
Not so abundant in Texas but related to some fruit/vegetable allergies
Mountain Cedar Tree
Mostly blows in from the south in the cold months
By the time the cotton is floating, pollination is already ended
Almost all trees pollinate in the first few months of the year, but some elms pollinate in the fall
Related to elms
Shown here is a box elder (similar to maple)
Formerly common for landscaping but no longer popular today
Perhaps the most important tree pollen for spring sufferers
Also the state tree of Texas
Related to pecans
Related to the plane tree in other parts of the US
Found in warm climates
Originally from Africa, now a common lawn grass in the area
Actually a grass but considered weedy by many
Northern Pasture Grass
Many related species of pasture grass that grow not only in warm but also northern US climates
Also called careless weed, one of the big three weeds in the fall
Velcro balls stick to clothing and animal fur
Also called sorrel weed
Another ugly-looking weed
Also called poverty weed or burweed, another of the big three weeds
English Plantain Weed
Tired of looking at ugly weeds yet?
Related to mugwort, which is involved in some fruit/vegetable allergies
The most infamous weed of all is a household word
Mostly west of Fort Worth, but some pollen makes it to this area
If you have already had allergy testing recently, now you know which of these (or sometimes none, actually) are to blame for your seasonal symptoms!
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