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What is this plant please

imageimageI'd like for someone to identify a plant from these pictures please. The leaf is 4cm long.  The plant is a bush about 1.5m high.  The leaves are rigid and have vicious spines at the ends.  The leaf is attached to the stem by a plate which can be seen in the pic.  It looks very much like the front part of a Spitfire.  The bush is quite rigid and you wouldn't want to fall into it.





  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,046

    can you add a photo of the whole bush.

    Is it growing in UK?

  • Hi, it is growing in Walberswick in Suffolk.

    We pass it when we visit and the last time we were there I took a leaf.  Sorry don't have a pic of the bush.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,046

    I'm sure someone will recognise it. It's very distinctive.

  • Thank you for looking.


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497

    Looks like it could be some sort of succulent,a hardy one I should think!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Try Colletia paradoxa - the anchor plant.  Those leaves are actually bits of flattened stem... weird but interesting.  image

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,057

    Nice one Liriodendron !

    Couldn't quite place it , but looked familiar ; apparently a member of the buckthorns .

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    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • For anyone interested in how you ID something like that (which I'm not aware of having seen), I first tried googling images for "spiny shrub".  When nothing like it appeared, I had a closer look at the photos; you can tell the flat bits aren't leaves because they don't have veins.  Googling "flattened stems" produced the word cladode, which I'd forgotten since learning it at college.  "Spiny shrub with cladodes" then showed a photo of the Colletia.  Bingo!  image

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,844
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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