Plant ID forum→Could you identify this plant? (South France)

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South France
imatotachi
Oct 7, 2021 7:42 AM CST
First time I've encountered this plant, I literally thought someone put plastic(!) weed in the forest as a joke. It's extremely hard and sharp, pierces the hand at the light touch. Height ~70cm. I've seen a few bunches in the nearby forest (south of France), dozen meters from each other.

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sooby
Oct 7, 2021 7:54 AM CST
Perhaps a Ruscus species of some kind?
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Silversurfer
Oct 7, 2021 10:35 AM CST
Agree...Ruscus sp.....common name here is Butchers broom.
An interesting plant .
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plantladylin
Oct 7, 2021 10:42 AM CST
Hi imatotachi, Welcome! to the site!

I agree, that plant looks like"Butchers Broom" and there may be more than one type that grows in France but compare to Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
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porkpal
Oct 7, 2021 1:05 PM CST
Wicked but beautiful.
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