Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Canada's Maple Leaf Controversy

(Ottawa, Canada)
The Bank of Canada blundered by using a Norwegian maple leaf instead of the country's native variety on its new banknotes, plant experts have claimed.

Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre botanist Sean Blaney highlighted the difference between the leaf on new \$20, \$50 and \$100 notes and the North American sugar maple.

He said: "It's really hard to deny the image is of a Norway maple."

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

The Norway maple was imported from Europe and is now also common in North America. But Mr Blaney said it should not be on the Canadian currency.

"We wouldn't think of putting a palm tree on the Canadian currency or a tiger or baboon or something that doesn't occur in Canada as a native species, and the same should go for Norway maple," he added.
According to the Bank of Canada, the currency doesn't display a Norway maple leaf. Rather, it's a "stylized" maple leaf. However, botany professor Jullian Starr of the University of Ottawa asserts that the leaf is definitely from a Norway maple.

Interestingly, Norway maple trees are considered invasive in North America.

1 comment:

Doom said...

Well, does that make the queen a stylized Native North American? :p

If too, all "Native Americans", north, south, or central, were just earlier interlopers. But the sugar maple may as well have merely been an earlier transplant.

I'm... almost starting to enjoy discussing these things, even on "their" terms. They gasp at the notion that I would ever question their notions, which only comes about because they question normalized reality. Watch them try to use the same defensive arguments I started with, before just moving on beyond them. Unfortunately, they have no real place to go, at this point. It's a gas.

As for stylized? I think someone either screwed up , truly (if highly doubtful), or they meant to draw something European into the thing as a slight to 'native', for whatever reason. Though maybe it was just the artist, or a few, involved and bureaucrats are what they are, rubber stamped something they didn't recognize, and now are left with the academics and nativists to deal with. All good, either way. *poke in the eye*


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