Olea Europaea

Olea Europaea

19-03-2019

Olea Europaea
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Olea europaea is a slow-growing, long-lived evergreen tree. It has a short, twisted, thick trunk, reaching a maximum height of 12 - 15 metres and a girth of 1.5 - 3 metres, depending on the variety. Etymologically, Olea Europaea comes from Latin. Olea means oil and Europaea refers to the place of origin. It has a silvery-grey leaf and generally a very wide, branched crown.

The flower of the olea europaea, the rapa, is grouped in clusters. It is white and very small and has a pleasant aroma. Flowering normally takes place between April and May.

The olea europaea has also had a symbolic significance for thousands of years. It stands for peace and harmony. In Greece, the olive tree was particularly dedicated to Apollo. It used to be planted in front of temples and offerings and ancient weapons were hung on its branches. In Rome, Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, who reigned from 716-674 BC, is depicted with an olive branch in his hand, which defines his pacifist reign. The olive tree is also depicted in the Bible as a symbol of peace and tranquillity. The dove of peace is carrying an olive branch after the flood. Today, the olive tree is found on the flag of the United Nations. Olea europaea is therefore no ordinary species. Its influence on our culture is still present today, with an image similar to that of millennia ago. A grand and majestic tree.
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