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I'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.

Thanks.

Steve

Hostafan1

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.

Steve

Hostafan1

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

Thank you for looking.

Steve

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madpenguin

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

Liriodendron

Try Colletia paradoxa - the anchor plant.  Those leaves are actually bits of flattened stem... weird but interesting.  

Nice one Liriodendron !

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

Liriodendron

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!  

Papi Jo

@Liriodendron 

Thank you everyone for that, particularly Liriodendron.

Can't imagine why anyone would want one of these!

Cheers,

Steve

Liriodendron

My feelings too, Steve...    ...not the most attractive plant in the world...

Dovefromabove

Anchor plant ... very apt ... good pub that ... the Anchor in Walberswick ! 

You're dead right Dovefromabove!  It is growing in the front garden of a house a few houses up the road from the Anchor.

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Dovefromabove

There's a perfect spot for every plant ... and that one's found its ideal home   

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