Cilician Fir, Taurus Fir Abies cilicica

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Botanical Name:

Abies cilicica







Common Name:

Cilician Fir, Taurus Fir

80-100 feet
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Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days.
Germination: seed may start to germinate in cold strat., sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* A narrowly pyramidal tree 25-35 m tall. more...

Abies cilicica, or Cilicia Fir, is a species of conifer in the Pinaceae family. It is found in Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.

In 2009 at Berenice Troglodytica, the Egypto-Roman port on the Red Sea, archaeologists found: "two blocks of resin from the Syrian fir tree (Abies cilicica), one weighting about 190 g and the other about 339 g, recovered from 1st-century AD contexts in one of the harbor trenches. Produced in areas of greater Syria and Asia Minor, this resin and its oil derivative were used in mummification, as an antiseptic, a diuretic, to treat wrinkles, extract worms and promote hair growth."

The predominant trees in the Abeti-Cedrion forests of the Middle and Eastern Taurus Mountains of Turkey. These forests occur between 800 and 2100 meters elevation. Over 5000 years of logging, burning, and grazing have reduced these forests to enclaves.

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