Christ's thorn


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Christ's thorn

(krīsts) also Christ-thorn (krīst′thôrn′)
n.
1. Either of two similar and related Old World spiny shrubs (Ziziphus spina-christi or Paliurus spina-christi) popularly believed to have been used for Jesus's crown of thorns.
2. Any of several other plants, such as the crown-of-thorns.
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The Islamic Botanical Garden features 50 plants mentioned in the Holy Quran including tamarisk, Christ's thorn, palms, Punica granatum (pomegranates), grapes, figs, olives, basil, eucalyptus, ginger, Acacia tortilis, Buxus dioicaC[degrees], Salvadora persica and Lawsonia inermis.
Among the plants are tamarisk, Christ's thorn, palms, Punica granatum (pomegranates), grapes, figs, olives, basil, eucalyptus, ginger, Acacia tortilis, Buxus dioica, Salvadora persica and Lawsonia inermis.
King Hamad, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed along with senior officials toured the 550-square kilometre lake, which features 16,000 olive trees, Christ's Thorn, Acacia Tortilis and Mesquites, as well as some 800,000 bushes and three walkways covering 7 kilometres.
"These seeds, the earliest evidence of eggplants known in this country, were found alongside thousands of grape seeds, olives, Christ's thorn jujube pits, black mulberries, lentils, figs and more," it said.
Plants in the garden include aloe, wild ginger, safflower, wheat, henna, tamarisk, Christ's thorn, grapes, fig and pomegranates.
Other experts speculate that the Christ's Thorn was used, although no one can be certain that it grew in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus.
The mountain's largest wadi, Wadi Tarabat, is alone home to around 95 species of plants, including Christ's thorn (Ziziphus spina-christi) which was historically used for building, food and herbal medicine.
In this study, forage quality of two deciduous woody species (gall oak (Quercus infectoria Oliv.) and Christ's thorn (Paliurus spina-cristi Mill.)) and herbaceous species in a shrubland in the South Marmara was determined to assess their quality and capacity to meet goats needs.
"Over 100 species of plants live here including trees such as Ziziphus spina-christi ('Sidr', or Christ's thorn) and Prosopis cineraria ('Ghaf'), elegant grasses, large shrubs, and many pretty annuals which only grow after rain and live a short time.