Bougainvillea

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 .. in full bloom in my colony. From afar, they are a brilliant sight. For an intruder, it is the worst nightmare.

They are thorny, woody, vines growing anywhere from 1-12 meters tall, scrambling over other plants with their hooked thorns. The thorns are tipped with a black, waxy substance that is easily left in the flesh of an unsuspecting victim. 

(Source: wikipedia entry)

(Photograph shot from my nokia 3110c – 1.1Mp)

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