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Canada $20 Bill Uses Wrong Maple Leaf Emblem, Botanist Says

Reuters  |  Posted: 01/18/2013 2:46 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/18/2013 6:11 pm EST

* Botanist says the leaf is Norway maple, not sugar maple

* Norway maple has more lobes, pointier outline

* Bank of Canada: it is no specific species

By Randall Palmer

OTTAWA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Bank of Canada has barked up the wrong maple tree with its new plastic banknotes, using a foreign Norway maple leaf as the emblem on the notes instead of the sugar maple that the country has on its national flag, an eagle-eyed Canadian botanist says.

The untrained eye might not at first spot the difference between the maple leaf on the new $20, $50 and $100 bills and the North American sugar maple.

But it is clear to Sean Blaney, a botanist who tracks plants for the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in New Brunswick, and who brought it first to the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

"The maple leaf (on the currency) is the wrong species," he told Reuters on Friday.

He said the Norway maple has more lobes or sections and has a more pointed outline than the sugar maple, and the lobe that rises in the center is shorter than the sugar maple's.

The Norway maple was imported from Europe and is now also common in North America. Blaney said it was probably the most popular tree along streets in central and eastern Canada.

"It has naturalized to Canada," he said. But it's not the grand sugar maple.

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