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MANNA ASH

FLOWERING ASH

Fraxinus ornus

Olive Family [Oleaceae]

Flowers:
month8may month8jun month8june

Fruit:
month8aug month8sep month8sept

category
category8Trees
category
category8Broadleaf
category
category8Deciduous
status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8yellow
petals
petalsZ0
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZbisexual
sex
sexZbimale
sex
sexZbifemale

18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Manna is a rather short tree which grows up to 23m high.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The bark is smooth and grey(ish), but here partly covered in something green, possibly moss or maybe a lichen.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The leaves consist of between 5 and 9 leaflets arranged in opposite leaflets with a terminal leaflet.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are elliptical to narrow-elliptic, and number between 5 and 9 leaflets. (7 to 11 leaflets for Narrow-leaved Ash and 9 to 13 leaflets for Common Ash.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The branches near the flowers are long and bulbous at their bases.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The terminal buds here look like claws.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The terminal lateral buds are sometimes covered in whitish hair, as here.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The branches are swollen at the attachment points, looking rather like very long arms with shoulders.


18th Aug 2018, private land, Burscough, East Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The leaves have wavy edges and fine teeth, barely discernible here...

The flowers appear after the leaves have developed. With these specimens being photographed in mid August it looks as though all the flowers have now gone, vamooshed, dropped off, but they are very distinctive looking like masses of finely shredded (long and narrow) white paper all clumped together. [photos required]


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : The white narrowly-shredded flowers (if they are present)...

Manna, a laxative, is a product of this tree, is a sweet gum which can be extracted from the tree by 'tapping' the trunk which then exudes a white sap.


  Fraxinus ornus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Oleaceae  

Distribution
 family8Olive family8Oleaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Fraxinus
Fraxinus
(Ashes)

MANNA ASH

FLOWERING ASH

Fraxinus ornus

Olive Family [Oleaceae]