If you want to take this flower home to do a painting of it, it is nearly impossible. First, it has a stalk - not a stem. No, make that a tree. Bring a saw, not a pocket knife! And then - watch out for those stickers. No - watch out for the spikes! Those babies are HUGE and sharp.
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