Nature photo challenge #7 Sharp🌵



In the above photo, you can see the leaves having thorns.

They appear sharp.

I don’t know what this tree is and the first time I have come across leaves with projecting spikes.

Later I realized that they are not thorns. They are spines. Botanical Jargon!

What are thorns, spines, and Prickles?


  • Thorns are derived from shoots
  • Spines are derived from leaves
  • Prickles are derived from the epidermal tissue of the plant

The spines reduce the loss of water by transpiration

The spines of the leaf also discourage the animals from eating.

They are intimidating for those coming closer.

“If my strength intimidates you, I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.” Unknown


Thorns remind me of the famous idiom ‘Thorn in the Flesh’

“Thorn in the flesh is nothing compared to a thorn in the conscience” Adrian Rogers


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Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Mr Philo

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This post is part of Denzils’s Nature photo challenge- Sharp

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