Happy Leaf Ericson Day!

File photo of the new Canadian 20 dollar bill made of polymer displayed at the Bank of Canada in OttawaA Canadian nerd has found that the leaf used on Canada’s new paper currency is not the country’s iconic maple leaf. It is, instead, a Norway maple leaf.

The viking hat was a dead giveaway.

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 Center, and who brought it first to the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

“The maple leaf (on the currency) is the wrong species.” 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.

I said the same thing when I saw it. It’s obviously a Norway maple leaf! Or something.

9 thoughts on “Happy Leaf Ericson Day!

  1. rd

    I noticed the leaf right away when the new bills came out. But I didn’t know it was a Norwegian leaf, I just thought they’d gone to a stylized version.
    I guess this makes me a nerd too, I’m gonna go buy some horn-rimmed glasses!

  2. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Rick – Eh, it’s his “thing,” I guess.

    RD – I thought it looked wonky, but only after I read the story. My only experience with Maple Leafs involve Toronto.

  3. Jon Brooks

    I guess Canada has turned a new leaf. Maybe they could go get and plant some Norway maples real quick?
    When you use the Norway maple syrup do you start saying…Ya…or talking like the muppet chef?
    Obviously the canadian liberal efforts to dumb down the populace up there also is progressing nicely.

  4. Jenn

    RD is right – it is just a stylized maple leaf. They didn’t want to alienate any region by picking a species. Guess that didn’t work. :P

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