Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Devil's walking stick
Devil's walking stick, Aralia spinosa.
I grabbed onto one of these on a steep trail once, and really wished I hadn't. Floridata calls it "one of the most viciously spiny things in the vegetable kingdom".
Since then I've been a lot more aware of them. But until I looked up the latin name just now, I didn't realize that this was the same plant I'd been trying to identify since the spring.
Before the leaves fell off, and also when in bloom, it reminded me of an oversized elderberry. (But prettier, really -- click the top link.)
Edited to correct a typo. Too anal to let it stand once I'd noticed it. Sorry sorry sorry.