Summer in the Tongass National Forest of southeast Alaska brings with it a proliferation of this jumbo-sized plant, which the locals call Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus).
The "devil" part is due to its wicked thorns, which poke through hikers' clothing and are difficult to extract once lodged under skin.
The plant grows up to 8 feet tall and the leaves can be about the size of a small baby. To give you perspective on the leaf size - this is my sister Donna next to one.
Bright red berries are produced in mid-summer and are a favorite snack for bears.
Although for hikers it's a noxious weed, in Native American medicine it is believed to have medicinal qualities, including for treatment of tuberculosis, diabetes, and stomach aches.