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Re: diversity and discernment

The Rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia)  and the American mountain ash ( Sorbus
americana) are two different subspecies of the Sorbus. They are not the same
tree. The   name for any species of the genus Sorbus of the family Rosaceae
(rose family).  The American variety is not related to the true ashes.
Introduced species are often cultivated, especially the common European
mountain ash or rowan tree (S. aucuparia).

The Rowan warded off evil influences and was "Thor's helper"; bits of the
wood were thought to avert almost any disaster. Mountain ash is classified
in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family


Ref The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. New York: Columbia University Press,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Spirit One Email" <laurel@spiritone.com>
To: <sinclair@quarterman.org>
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: diversity and discernment

  We here know the
> Rowan tree a the Mountain Ash.
> Laurel

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