Plantidote of the Day 2011-07-21 UPDATED!
Our Lord's Candle
(Thanks to NomNomNom, this mystery plant has been ID'd!)
This plant was photographed a couple months ago, when my son was camping along the coast near Malibu (Zone 10, but much cooler and damper there than inland because it's so near the ocean). The long, spiky leaves on the plant are sharp edged and pointy, like some kind of yucca -- not at all people friendly.
Here's a closer shot of the end of the stalk (clicking on either image will show a larger, more detailed view):
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