Montana Outdoors

June 18, 2012

In a cedar forest

Filed under: Spring Creek — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:06 pm

Devil's Club

Beneath the cedars

Beneath the cedars

Beneath the cedars

The very large leaves in these photos belong to a plant aptly called “Devil’s Club”, Oplopanax horridus; note the large sharp spines. It grows up to 9 feet tall and the leaves get up to 14 inches across. A flower bud is visible in the first photo: it will turn into white blossoms followed by bright red fruit. I will try to remember to follow up with photos of both later in the summer. I found there is a reason for the species name horridus after having accidentally making contact with some of the spines.

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