An exquisitely spiny ball of unfurling Mahonia leaves
A fascinating ball of unfurling young red Mahonia media 'Charity' leaves. Although spiky-looking, the tiny young leaves of this 'Oregon Grape' bush are actually soft at this stage. They exhibit an exquisitely-detailed 'backbone and ribs' structure on their reverses.
One of a pair of images in this gallery (a full-frame image and this selective enlargement from it).
Date taken: 16th April 2014.