Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Sorbus coinage

An Armenian whitebeam, Sorbus hajastana, described as a rare and endangered palaeoendemic of the Caucasus, has featured on an Armenian coin. 


In March 2011 the Central Bank of Armenia issued this commemorative silver coin designed by Eduard Kurghinyan featuring the “Aroseni Hayastanyan” (Armenian sorb).


The specific name of the tree derives from the word Hayastan which is what Armenians call Armenia.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Whitebeam haiku

Whitebeam palest green
Insect haven quickening tree
Hard white core : Witchwood

Haiku by
Mike Jones