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The Lebanese Cedar (Cedrus libani) is a flowering, evergreen, coniferous tree in the Pinaceae family of pine trees.

It is native to the mountains of the Eastern Mediterranean basin, especially in Lebanon.

It grows to 40 metres (130 feet) tall. The trunk can be 250 centimetres (98 inches) in diameter with rough, scaly, dark-brown to blackish-brown bark. 

The leaves are needle-like, arranged in spirals.

Its seeds are in its pine cones that are pale green when young and brown when older. The mature cones measure 8-12 centimetres (3-5 inches) long and 3-6 centimetres (1-2.5 inches) wide. 

The photographed Lebanese Cedar is located in Aspirant Dunand Square in Paris. It was planted on 12 April 1996 to commemorate the Lebanese author, poet, and artist Khalil Gibran (1883-1931). Khalil Gibran studied art in Paris from 1908-1910. In 1911, he settled in America. George Nicolas El-Hage described Khalil Gibran as having ‘fluctuating tendencies towards nature’ in his 2002 book, William Blake & Kahlil Gibran: poets of prophetic vision.

Photographed in Paris, France, November 2022.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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