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Sign: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Discovery Tree Walk - Chaste tree

Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel
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On the sign:
שיח אברהם מצוי
Vitex agnus-castus

תפוצה טבעית: אגן הים התיכון, דרום-מערב אסיה, ישראל

באמצע הקיץ, כאשר רוב העצים כאן אינם פורחים, פרחיו של עץ זה, הזוהרים בצבע כחול-ורוד, מייפים את הקמפוס. העץ ידוע בשמו "שיח אברהם". שם זה מתייחס לסיפור תנכי שבו בין ענפי עץ נתגלה האיל אשר אברהם נצטוה להקריב במקום את בנו יצחק.

[הפאה השנייה של הקוביה]
[The second face of the cube]
Chaste tree
Vitex agnus-castus

Natural range: Mediterranean basin, S.W. Asia, Israel

In mid-summer’s heat, when few campus trees bloom, this species’ brilliant bluish-pink flowers brighten this landscape. The Hebrew name (translated as "Abraham’s bush"), refers to the patriarch’s finding, tangled in a bush, the ram ’he sacrificed instead of Isaac.

[הפאה השלישית של הקוביה]
[The third face of the cube]
הבט באחד העלים: כיצד תתאר את צורתו?

[a question]
Look at a leaf of this tree: how would you describe its shape?

[הפאה הרביעית של הקוביה]
[The fourth face of the cube]
[התשובה לשאלה]
לעלה צורה מורכבת דמוית כף יד ואצבעותיה; לרוב חמישה עלעלים מחוברים לנקודה משותפת ויוצרים יחידה הצומחת, מתפתחת ומתה כיחידה אחת.

[The Answer to the question]
This tree’s leaves are compound, consisting usually of 5 separate, small "leaflets," all arising from the same leaf stalk. They resemble a hand with its fingers. These leaflets and stalk form an integral structure that is born, grows, dies, and falls as a single unit.
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Tree No. 24 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, in the picture you can see the shape of the leaves indicated on the sign Click for a larger image
The tree was also photographed 3 months before 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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