Knowing what scratches: woody plants common to macchia vegetation

The word macchia refers to the mixed shrublands with sclerophyllous vegetation typically found throughout the Mediterranean region. Macchia is the result of intensive utilization which has destroyed the primeval forests. Talking a walk through the macchia is usually a fairly thorny, scratchy affair, as many of the woody plants are covered with prickly spines or thorns. The lower form of macchia vegetation, which rarely grows above 2 m in height, is known as garrigue. Typical macchia plants are described below.