In the vicinity of Mendes in Lozère Départment is the commune of Saint-Rome-de-Dolan whose CoA includes a very unusual charge.
It looks like a heraldic version of a catherine-wheel - the fireworks version rather than the torture device. In French it is a cardabelle
, which turns out to be carlina acanthifolia
(a sort of thistle which was once used in traditional medicine).
The other charges are ewes' heads.
The French blazon on Wiki reads oddly to the Anglo-Saxon: de gueules à la cardabelle d'or, chapé d'argent aux deux têtes de brebis affrontées de gueules
. My English version would be: Argent two ewes' heads affronte gules, on a pile reversed throughout of the second a cardabelle flower or
. But French heraldry prefers the (more elegant?) chapé
to the pile reversed.
Chapé: A division of the field, used in French heraldry, created by drawing two lines from the centre of the upper edge of the shield towards the outer bottom edges (creating a triangle), with the tincture being applied to the two upper portions which the triangle divides.