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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.