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A medium size evergreen tree, Mimusops laurifolia, native to Ethiopia and Yemen. Persea produces a strong, wood that was used in ancient Egypt for statues, beds, tables and small objects (Gale et al 2000). Pliny mentions that the persea tree was sometimes confused with the persica (peach) tree.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Mimusops laurifolia

Resources and Citations

  • R.Gale, P.Gasson, N.Hepper, G.Killen, "Wood" in Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, P.Nicholson, I.Shaw (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2000, p. 334-371.