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The branches are wooden,ending in branched thorns. The leaves are compound and pinnate; winter leaves are relatively large compared to the smaller summer leaves. Flowering season is from March to April. The flowers are monosexual, the inflorescence are torrent like with the flowers arranged at the top. The fruit is round with a brown-red color.
A bush of the Rosaceae family growing throughout the Mediterranean landscape on terra-rosa, gravel and red loam. This one is spotted in Seih-Sou, the suburban forest of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Synonym: Poterium spinosum. Greek names: Σαρκοποτήριο το ακανθώδες, Ποτήριο το ακανθώδες. Greek common names: Αφάνα, Αστοίβη, Αχυροστουβάδα.
Spotted on Dec 7, 2014
Submitted on Dec 8, 2014