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Is a wind witch a tornado?
If you've read Louis L'Amour's novel "Conagher," you'll remember the widow lady who tied romantic notes to tumbleweed. Well, her vegetative messengers are sometimes called "wind witches."
The more common name for Wind Witch is "Russian thistle" -- since it originated over in Russia. Scientists have several names for it, including Salsola kali, S. pestifer, S. australis, S. iberica, and S. tragus.
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