Euphorbia milii. Crown-of-thorns. Christ plant.
From Wikipedia ~ The crown-of thorns plant is a woody, succulent species of Euphorbia native to Madagascar... It is a succulent climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems, the straight, slender spines up to 3 cm long, which help it scramble over other plants. The leaves are found mainly on new growth, and are obovate, up to 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm broad. The flowers are small, subtended by a pair of conspicuous petal-like bracts, variably red, pink or white, up to 12 mm broad. The sap is moderately poisonous.
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I am putting this image in the Nature category in 100 Pictures. To me it represents both the extra-ordinary beauty of nature and the caution humans must take around its many dangers. Just think! This plant can "scramble over other plants"! Amazing!
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