The Judas tree or siliquastro

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The Judas tree or siliquastro (Cercis siliquastrum, L. 1758) is a tree belonging to the family of Fabaceae (Leguminosae) used as an ornamental plant in gardens and trees for the road, thanks to its strength into the town.

Have lost their leaves, rounded heart, with nervatua palm, green color and looks smooth and shiny, the lower is glauca. Youth may have reddish hue, appear quite late, in April, and in autumn are a beautiful yellow and fall forward to November.

The flowers are hermaphroditic, with corolla papilionacea and pink – lilac or white. Gathered in racemic appearing before leaves in March-April, characteristic of this species is the caulifloria, flowers sprout directly from the bark of branches and the trunk. Begins to flower to six years of age. There is a white-flowered varieties (C. siliquastrum var. Alba). The pollination is entomofila

The name derives from the greek word “kerkis” which generally means tree.

A medieval legend, born to explain the appearance of flowers on bare bark still leaves first, said that under this tree Judas Iscariot gave Jesus a fateful kiss, and later, overwhelmed by remorse, it hanged. The popular belief seems to suggest that the siliquastro had a special significance in the pre Christian religions of Europe.

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NIKON COOLPIX S500

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