Fragrant Ash

Fraxinus cuspidata

The Fragrant Ash is a species of ash in the Oleaceae tree family, otherwise named the olive tree family. 8

By Elisa (13) & Ayla (14) from Albuquerque Sign Language Academy, 2019

Fraxinus cuspidata (fragrant ash) is a tree native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. It has been reported from Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.
The ash plant named Fraxinus lives in Eastern and Northern America. They are eaten by insects and deer. The Fraxinus Ashplant is a species of ash in the Oleaceae tree family, otherwise named the olive tree family. It is Native to northwestern Arizona, California, southern Nevada, and Utah. “In California, it is found in the Coast Ranges, Sierra foothills and Peninsular Range at elevations of 100-1,300 meters.” (missouribotanicalgarden.org)
The tallest recorded Ash tree was 23 feet. The shortest recorded Ash tree is 15 feet. The tree has cylindrical to four-angled stems. The leaves can be 5-19 centimeter long, light to dark green leaflets 1-7 centimeter long, thick, and serrated along the margins. The trees have white fluffy rosemary type flowers with some that are about 2.5-4 millimeter long and are sweetly scented. "The fruit is a long, flat Samara 2-3.2 centimeter long and 5-9 millimeter broad, green when immature and hanging in bunches.” (missouribotanicalgarden.org) The Ash Fraxinus plant is used as a symbol of long lasting life and in some countries is supposedly sacred. It is very good for your health if you drink it in tea. It is also used to make baseball bats and bows.
Glossary:
Samara: a winged nut or achene containing one seed, as in ash and maple.
Achene: A small dry seed commonly found in strawberries and small fruit.

Bibliography:
Plants Profile for Fraxinus Pennsylvanica (Green Ash), .

“Fraxinus Americana.” Fraxinus Americana - Plant Finder, .

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Zona Sujeta a Conservación Ecológica Sierra de Zapalinamé, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://conabio.inaturalist.org/photos/3940774
  2. (c) tomdiamond, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/34886656
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  4. (c) Elisabeth Quinn, all rights reserved, uploaded by Sara Ayers, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/39112941
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  6. (c) Elisabeth Quinn, all rights reserved, uploaded by Sara Ayers, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/39112946
  7. (c) Elisabeth Quinn, all rights reserved, uploaded by Sara Ayers, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/39112949
  8. Adapted by smiller33 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_cuspidata

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Flower white
Leaves serrated