Cedar of Lebanon tree

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  1. eewanco

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    This is Cedrus libani, the cedar of Lebanon tree made famous by the Bible. Once Lebanon was covered with them, but thanks to the war, they are near threatened (LR/nt). C. libani is one of three true cedars, the others being C. deodarus and C. atlantica. The wood of the cedar of Lebanon was in high demand for many years; in fact King Solomon contributed to the loss of the tree by using it to build his temple.

    The needles of C. libani are rather asterisk-shaped, as can be seen here.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Actually, they're mainly threatened by centuries of over-cutting for wood, and excessive grazing by goats preventing any regeneration. I'd doubt that the war had much effect on them, as they're well away from where the fighting was.
     
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    Wonder if the wood was used for shipbuilding, was told that was why there are no really old trees in Ireland.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It was certainly used for shipbuilding - the wood has been found in old bronze age shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.

    That wouldn't affect Ireland though; it has only ever been grown as an ornamental tree there, not for timber production.
     

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