the prickles of the rose).
Hooks, thorns and prickles are characteristic of many South African plants.
The leaves are very long and twisted, the small oval cones armed with recurved prickles; the tree is said to be of rapid growth.
The fruit consists of a three-celled capsule, covered externally with soft yielding prickles, and each cell develops a single seed.
All these leaves have tiny prickles on their edges, which makes them feel rough to the touch.