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Ancient Egyptian plants: The ished-tree
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The Ished Tree

ished tree, ramses II-     The holy ished tree was considered to be the Tree of Life, especially the ished tree at Heliopolis. Thoth and Seshat wrote the king's name and the length of his reign on its leaves and fruit, protecting the ruler and perpetuating his name. Re was said to have split the ished tree in the morning after his victory over his enemies.
The tree was quite often depicted during the New Kingdom.
Her father Amon hath established her great name; Makare upon the august Ished tree; her annals are myriads of years, possessing life, stability, and satisfaction. Son of Re, Khnemet-Amon, Hatshepsut, beloved of Amon-Re, king of gods //////. (When) she celebrated [for] him the first occurrence of the royal jubilee, in order that she may be given life forever.
J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Two, § 310

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