A traveler says: " On Mt. Sinai itself is a convent at about 5000 feet above sea level, and in the gardens here were cypresses, oranges, figs, olives, date palms, and grape-vines in cultivation. Near this convent the maiden-hair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) was seen, and date palms exist in cultivation at a height of about 5500 feet. A thick, velvety-leaved mullein was common, and Labiates, such as Phlomis, Nepeta, Origanum, Teu-crium, and Mentha, filled the air with perfume, and, in profusion, were equal to all other vegetation".