• Svetlana Bornayová

Robina Pseudo - Acacia, Weise

Updated: Nov 13, 2021

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Written by: Svetlana Bornayona`

Robina pseudo - acacia, Weise

Robinia, Robinier faux - accacia, Acacia, katechu,

khadira, gummiarabicum baum, Cutch tree

Agate is a thorny, white-flowering tree with oddly feathered leaves and fragrant white flowers that relocated from North America to Europe. It was named after the gardener of King Louis XIII of France. - Jean Robin, whose father's agate brought him from Virginia sometime around 1600. After returning from his travels, he planted him at the Jardin des Plants in Paris. And here he began his triumphant pilgrimage to Europe. Due to hard wood and fast growth, it became a popular tree for gardeners in the 18th century and at one time it was the main protagonist of the so-called "Agate mania". They were planted with great enthusiasm and in large quantities as an undemanding tree, especially on poor soils. However, the enthusiasm faded over time and the agate became a little-desired "weed" among the trees. It is extremely resistant to industrial fumes, it is poorly tolerated with other trees or fruit trees. To this day, however, it is a highly prized tree for beekeepers.

Acacia is a thorny, yellow-flowering shrub, or low tree, abundantly growing especially in Africa. It is exceptional in this area, especially because it is deciduous even in times of drought and contains many important nutrients. It has also spread to Asia and Australia, where illegal DMT (a drug for smoking) is being prepared from the bark of local species.

Legends that bind to these plants and sometimes even overlap each other (that's why they are listed together in the motto) also show their symbolism. Because these ancient myths originated mainly in the East, they will most likely be tied to acacia.

The oldest story in which this plant plays a role is the Egyptian god Usir (the seat of the eye), who gained control of everything earthly from his father, the earth god Geby. He introduced tillage and wine growing, which is why he was named Vennefer - an eternally good being, or "perfect". His brother Sutech envied him for this gift, so he lured him to the river, killed him, and threw him into the Nile. Sulfur's wife, Eset, set out to find him around the world. The chest with the dead Usir was thrown by the waves ashore near Phoenician Byblos. A beautiful acacia grew on the site where she landed. She also liked King Malkander himself, who ordered the tree cut down and carved a pillar from it into the palace. A swallow, which was Eset, soon flew around the pillar every day. She took on a human form and began to take care of the king's son in the palace. As a reward, she demanded an acacia pillar in which Usir's coffin was hidden and took it back to Egypt.