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Sign: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Discovery Tree Walk - Palestine Oak

Safra Campus/University Entry Terminal, Jerusalem, Israel
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On the sign:
אלון מצוי
Quercus calliprinos

תפוצה טבעית: צפון אפריקה, דרום מערב אירופה, ישראל

האלון הנפוץ ביותר בארץ, הרבה עצים קטנים כמו זה שלפניך מכסים את הרי המרכז והצפון. העצים הגדולים נכרתו, לצערנו. אם נגן עליהם מפני הכורת, בבוא היום יגדלו וייהפכו ליערות.

[הפאה השנייה של הקוביה]
[The second face of the cube]
Palestine Oak
Quercus calliprinos

Natural range: N.Africa, S.W. Europe, Israel

Israel’s most common oak, small specimens like this one dot the northern and central mountains. Sadly, many very large specimens have been cut down. If we protect our woodlands, today’s young oaks will some day form forests of massive trees.

[הפאה השלישית של הקוביה]
[The third face of the cube]
הבט בעלה, משש אותו, מה בעלה יכול למנוע מבע"ח לאוכלו?

[a question]
Look carefully at a leaf; feel it. How might it protect itself from hungry animals?

[הפאה הרביעית של הקוביה]
[The fourth face of the cube]
[התשובה לשאלה]
שולי העלה מסתיימים בקוצים המגינים עליו מפני חיות רעבות. בעצים אחרים, חומרים רעילים או "לא טעימים" משמשים כהגנה.

[The Answer to the question]
The leaf’s sharp thorns would surely discourage hungry animals. The leaves of some other tree species have bad tasting chemicals or poisons.
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Tree No. 3 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

In the following picture you can see the jagged leaf margins mentioned in the answer to the question (face 4) 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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