Velcro

Larry London london at sunSITE.unc.edu
Tue Oct 19 09:54:40 EST 1993


In article <1993Oct18.190240.18165 at cobra.uni.edu> klier at cobra.uni.edu writes:
>In article <29v5gm$473 at news.ysu.edu>, ar727 at yfn.ysu.edu (Kathy Bilton) writes:
>> 
>> I would like to know if anyone out there knows what plant it was that was
>> responsible for the idea that led to "Velcro?"  
>
>Xanthium, cocklebur.   The prickles on the fruits recurve like the hook
>portion of velcro.

Also burdock, the large-leafed wild variety. The fruits are similar in size
to those of cocklebur; the spines are softer.

london at sunSITE.unc.edu



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