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Finnish Whitebeam

Hedlundia hybrida

  • Latin synonym: Hedlundia hybrida
  • Name also: Oakleaf Mountain Ash
  • Family: Rose Family – Rosaceae
  • Growing form and height: Tree. 3–10 m (10–33 ft.).
  • Flower: Regular (actinomorphic), rather small, strong-smelling. Calyx-lobes five, triangular, sharp-pointed, densely downy-haired. Petals five, white, with rounded tip. Carpels two, partly fused. Stamens 15–25. Inflorescence a dense compound cyme, borne on short shoots, flower-stalks hairy.
  • Leaves: Alternate. Stalked, elliptic, approx. 10 cm (4 in.) long, partly pinnate, partly pinnately lobed. Usu. two or three pairs of leaflets at base of blade. Terminal leaflet basally deep-lobed. Leaflets and lobes sharp-toothed, densely hairy and greyish to almost white beneath.
  • Buds: Egg-shaped, dark brown. Scale edges hairy.
  • Fruit: Red, 2–3-seeded, almost globose berry.
  • Habitat: Rocky meadow banks and broadleaf woods. Also an ornamental and an escape.
  • Flowering time: June.

Finnish whitebeam is a typical insect-pollinated species. Its strong-smelling flowers lure plenty of pollinators, such as flies, butterflies, beetles, and bees. When the berries are ripe, they attract birds which eat them, and disperse the seeds.

Finnish whitebeam has a southern distribution occurring chiefly in the archipelago. It is readily distinguished from rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) by the only basally pinnate leaves. Swedish whitebeam (Scandosorbus intermedia) again, has only shallowly lobed leaves which rarely are divided into leaflets.

Sorbus meinichii

Hedlundia teodori (Sorbus meinichii, Sorbus teodori)

NOT TRANSLATED YET. Was known as (Sorbus teodori). Se on harvinainen laji maailmalla ja meillä sitä voi tavata vain Ahvenenmaalla. Kaunopihlajan alkuperää pidetään monissa teoksissa suomenpihlajan ja kotipihlajan risteymänä ja sen lehti kyllä näyttääkin siltä; lehdyköitä lehden tyvipuolella on yleensä 3–5 paria (suomenpihlajalla yleensä 1–2, kotipihlajalla 6–8) ja kaikilla tietysti päätölehdykkä. Kaunopihlaja on rauhoitettu Ahvenenmaalla.

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