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From Peter Parley’s Merry Stories, or Fact, Fancy and Fiction, by Peter Parley, Broadway: James Miller; 1869; pp. 309-310.


Trees and Flowers Mentioned in the Bible.

Engraving of a plane-tree, with a man in a turban and a woman wearing a long gauzy dress at its foot.

The Plane-Tree.

The oriental plane-tree usually rises with a straight, smooth trunk, and often to a great height. The leaves are palmated, six or eight inches long, and nearly as broad. These are divided into five large segments — green above and pale beneath. These are long, pendulous pedunculi, each sustaining several round heads of close-fitting small flowers, and which are followed by numerous downy seeds, into round, hard, rough balls.


The plane-tree is not mentioned by name in the Bible, but as it is common in Palestine, we can hardly doubt that in the numerous references to trees, this is sometimes alluded to, as in Isaiah lv. 12: “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Next — Trees and Plants Mentioned in the Bible:

The Camphor-Tree