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Papyrus
See Plants. Papyrus is referred to in Exodus 2:3 as the material out of which Moses' mother made a basket to hold the infant Moses when she deposited him on the banks of the Nile.

Papyrus is a member of the 'sedge' family. It is used in the making of paper.

Habitat: Africa, Hula Nature Reserve in Israel.

Plane
See Plants. The plane is mentioned in Genesis 30:37 as a plant with which Jacob tried to enlist the help of supernatural forces. He hoped that this would bring about a more just resolution of the conflict between himself and Laban. The plane can grow up to a height of 20m/70ft and can support a trunk diameter as wide as 3m/9ft or more. It cyclically peels its trunk to expose new areas of the trunk.

Habitat: The plane can be found for example in the forests of Carmel.

Pomegranate
See Plants. The pomegranate is mentioned in Numbers 13:23 as one of the three fruit samples that were brought back by the spies in order to illustrate the riches of the land of Canaan.

The pomegranate tree is a small deciduous tree. It has bell-shaped flowers and rounded fruits. Its natural beauty and seed richness has been the inspiration for the shape and iconography of Torah finials.

Habitat:Mediterranean countries.

Poplar
See Plants. The Hebrew term livneh of Genesis 30:37 is considered by some translators to be a reference to a storax (or styrax in other sources). Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the word should be viewed as a reference to the white poplar. A wand of the above tree was used by Jacob to try to enlist the help of supernatural forces in the dispute between himself and Laban. By so doing he hoped to bring about a more just resolution to the dispute between himself and Laban.

The poplar is a white-barked tall tree with a pleasant fragrance.

Habitat:Middle East.





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