No, I don't mean the early American slogan and flag.
Just take a look at the leaf below and then tell me if you would want to tread on this leaf if it were laying on the ground?
Just think if there were a whole forest of these trees and those trees shed their leaves and you had to walk through it in your bare feet!! Oh my, I shudder to even think of it.
OK, you don't like the red thorns on your leaves, then how about yellow thorns?
Just to prove that they are not all that bad, they also have small, pretty blooms. You know, to me, that doesn't seem to make them any more loving and I wouldn't want to try to pick a bouquet of them.
The next time you take a walk in the woods, just be thankful that you are not in Madagascar, where they are native. If you were, I guess that you could wear steel toed shoes that also had steel soles. Now, try not to step on any thorns but rather have a great day, you hear?
BTW, the name of that plant is a Porcupine Tomato.