Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rowan Tree

The rowans or mountain-ashes are shrubs or small trees in genus Sorbus of family Rosaceae and  native throughout the cool temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with the highest species diversity in the mountains of western China and the Himalaya.

On 25 April 2007 , B & H Croatian Post Mostar has issued stamp feature Rowan tree in a souvenir sheet . This issue depict rowan tree on stamp and the rowan’s fruit as part of  background picture.

Rowans are mostly small deciduous trees 10–20 m tall, though a few are shrubs. The leaves are arranged alternately, and are pinnate, with 11-35 leaflets.The flowers are borne in dense corymbs; each flower is creamy white, and 5–10 mm across with five petals.


The rowan's fruit is a small pome 4–8 mm diameter, bright orange or red in most species, but pink, yellow or white in some Asian species. The fruit are soft and juicy, which makes them a very good food for birds, particularly waxwings and thrushes, which then distribute the rowan seeds in their droppings.


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