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What might be a warning device for the plant (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

hawthorn

Here is my best explanation:

'the plant' is the definition.

The answer is an example.

'what might be a warning device' is the subsidiary indication.

'might be' is an anagram indicator.

'a warning device' becomes 'horn' (horn is a kind of warning device).

'what' with letters rearranged gives 'hawt'.

'hawt'+'horn'='hawthorn'

'for' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for hawthorn that I've seen before include "Spiky tree with small red berries", "Tree", "Spring-flowering shrub", "Spring-flowering small tree with small dark red fruit", "Hedge-tree", "May-flowering small tree", "Prickly shrub", "Common hedge bush", "Hedgerow bush" and "May tree".)

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