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Terebinth, Cornicabra

Pistacia terebinthus


Small tree. Also known as turpentine tree. It is a species of flowering plant belonging to the family Anacardiaceae. It is a small deciduous tree or large shrub growing to 10 m tall. The leaves are compound, 10–20 cm long, odd pinnate with five to eleven opposite glossy oval leaflets, the leaflets 2–6 cm long and 1–3 cm broad. The flowers are reddish-purple, appearing with the new leaves in early spring. The fruit consists of small, globular drupes 5–7 mm long, red to black when ripe. All parts of the plant have a strong resinous smell. It is a dioecious tree, i.e. exists as male and female specimens.


Spotted in open Mediterranean forest. Parque Nacional de Monfragüe


The Terebinth or turpentine tree, is a tree related to the pistachio. It is used as a source for turpentine, possibly the earliest known source. Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/400 sec.; f/10; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Focal Length: 217.0 mm.

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Torrejón el Rubio, Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Nov 2, 2012
Submitted on Dec 4, 2012

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