DAY 100 (14 JULY) – Prickly acacia (Vachellia farnesiana) (El Palmar, Spain)

This isn’t a bush you want to land in when your parachute goes off course. It may have little yellow pompom flowers, but the base of each leaf has a pair of thorns…

I found this one at the back of the beach today. The most unexpectedly thing about it is that it owes its Latin name farnesiana to the Farnese Gardens in Rome. The bush was first imported to Italy from Santo Domingo and planted by the famous Farnese family. Not quite sure I understand what they saw in it…

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