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Sign: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Discovery Tree Walk - Nettle Tree

National and University Library Building, Jerusalem, Israel
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On the sign:
מיש דרומי
Celtis australis

תפוצה טבעית: אירופה הדרומית עד אירן

למרות שהעץ חבוי בין שיחים ומטפסים הוא מראה איפיונים של משפחתו, המישיים (עצים מס.25 Click for sign's details ו-45): עלים אסימטריים (החצאים שונים בגודלם) משוננים, צומחים על הענפים לסירוגין; הפרחים הזעירים מואבקים על ידי הרוח.

[הפאה השנייה של הקוביה]
[The second face of the cube]

Nettle Tree
Celtis australis

Natural range: S. Europe to Iran

Though hidden by bushes and climbers, this tree shows several traits of its family, the elms (as in trees 25 Click for sign's details and 45): Saw-tooth leaf edges, asymmetric leaves, alternate leaf positions along branches, and tiny flowers whose pollen is dispersed by the wind.

[הפאה השלישית של הקוביה]
[The third face of the cube]
מדוע נקרא עץ זה בלטינית australis? הרי הוא אינו מאוסטרליה!

[a question]
Why is this tree named australis? It’s not from Australia!

[הפאה הרביעית של הקוביה]
[The fourth face of the cube]
[התשובה לשאלה]
השם australis פירושו ”דרומי"; העץ גדל באירופה הדרומית (אגב, יבשת אוסטרליה נקראה אף היא בגלל מיקומה הדרומי).

[The Answer to the question]
This tree’s name, australis, is Latin for "southern." The tree lives in southern Europe. (The continent of Australia also was so named because of its southern location.)
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Tree No. 43 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

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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