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Sign: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Discovery Tree Walk - Weeping Cypress

Sderot Magnes, Jerusalem, Israel
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On the sign:
ברוש בכות
Cupressus funebris

תפוצה טבעית: הרי ההימליה וסין המרכזית

ענפיו הדקים, הצומחים-תלויים כלפי מטה משווים לו מראה של ברוש בוכה; זאת בניגוד לברוש המצוי המתמתח בגאווה כלפי מעלה (הבט על הברוש בתחתית המדרגות). אנו נמצא את שני המינים בבתי-עלמין, מבטאים יאוש - מחד, ותקוה - מאידך.

[הפאה השנייה של הקוביה]
[The second face of the cube]
Weeping Cypress
Cupressus funebris

Natural range: Himalayas and Central China

Its thin branches drooping, this cypress appears to weep. By contrast, the tall, narrow Italian cypresses (such as the one below the staircase) point joyously heavenward. These two closely related species often stand together at cemeteries, one reflecting despair, the other hope.

[הפאה השלישית של הקוביה]
[The third face of the cube]
שים לב לאיצטרובלים הנקביים הקטנטנים (נושאי הזרעים) שתלויים מענפי עץ זה. האם הם דומים לאצטרובלים של הברוש המצוי (כמו למשל העץ הצר בתחתית המדרגות)?

[a question]
Note the tiny female (seed-bearing) cones that dangle from these branches. Do they resemble the cones of their close relative, the Italian cypress (such as the narrow tree below the staircase)?

[הפאה הרביעית של הקוביה]
[The fourth face of the cube]
[התשובה לשאלה]
הדמיון בין האיצטרובלים של עץ זה לאלו של הברוש המצוי בולט? שניהם עגולים, בנויים קשקשים דמויי מגן, הנפתחים ומשחררים את הזרעים. במין זה לכל קשקש קוץ קצר (בבקשה אל תקטוף מהעץ; אפשר לאסוף את אלו שנפלו).

[The Answer to the question]
Like the larger cones of the nearby Italian cypress, this tree’s cones are round and constructed from shield-like plates. In this species, though, each plate bears a short spine. The plates open to release the seeds. (Please don’t pick cones from the tree: you can collect those that have fallen.)
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Tree No. 23 in the Mac and Tibby Podel Discovery Tree Walk, located on the Edmond J. Safra Campus of the Hebrew University of Givat Ram.

Each tree is accompanied by a cube with details on the tree. On the top of which is the text:
Mac and Tibby Podel Discovery Tree Walk Click for a larger image

In the next picture taken from one of the trees on the route, you can see the way the sign is placed (a cube standing on a metal pillar) and the tree to which it points Click for a larger image

The tree to which the cube points was photographed that day Click for a larger image Click for a larger image

The rest of the cube faces:
The second face Click for a larger image
The third face Click for a larger image
The fourth face Click for a larger image

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