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Hooks, thorns and prickles are characteristic of many South African plants.
All these leaves have tiny prickles on their edges, which makes them feel rough to the touch.
The bark of the young tree is studded with stout prickles.
Smilax Pseudo-China - The lower part of the stem is armed with straight, needle-like prickles, the upper part and the branches mostly unarmed.
Skin problems ie thickening of the skin, scabs in the fur or loss of prickles, will also need veterinary treatment.