It has shrub-like appearance. The leaves, fan-shaped, have large petioles full of lateral thorns. The flowers are small and yellow. The fruit is meaty, oval in shape, reddish yellow and non-edible.
DISTRIBUTION: Originally from the Mediterranean region.
CURIOSITIES: It is used to combat diarrhoea, and is also astringent and nutritious. The hearts are used for food. The fibres in the leaves are use for making matting...