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