Occurrence ID (GUID):
Myrtus communis L.
[Orig. id.:] Myrtus communis L.
Verbatim Date: 20 October 2006
Israel, Israel. A component of "lulav" used in the celebration of the Jewish Holiday Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles) holiday, and one of the three species comprising the "lulav." The three species are date palm (Phoenix dactylifera), myrtle (Myrtus communis), and willow (Salix sp.). Myrtle ("hadass") represent the eye (re: shape of leaf); the leaves have a good smell but no taste, symbolizing those who possess goog deeds but do not study Torah.
Preserved herbarium specimens
[Label heading:] Economic Plants of Israel. --[Label heading:] The University of Georgia Herbarium (GA), Athens, Georgia, USA.
Rights Holder: University of Florida
Record ID: b4b39735-5b44-4a78-85b0-dd64d1faaf2f