Sorbus aria

Botanical Name : Sorbus aria
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Sorbus
Subgenus: Aria
Species: S. aria
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Rosales

Synonyms: Aria nivea

Common Names: Whitebeam

Habitat :Sorbus aria is native to Europe.It generally favours dry limestone and chalk soils.

Description:
Sorbus aria is a medium sized deciduous tree, reaching 35 to 45 feet tall. Leaves are not typical of mountain ash, they are simple, 2 to 4 inches long. Foliage is leathery, dark green, leaf undersides are white and downy, in fall leaves turn pale green to golden brown or redddish. Small white flowers are produced on 2 to 3 inch corymbs in late spring.  The hermaphrodite cream-white flowers appear in May, are insect pollinated, and go on to produce scarlet berries. The orange-red to scarlet fruit is a berry-like pome, ripening in early fall.These berries  are often eaten by birds.

Ecologically this plant  attracts pollinating insects such as bees that  feed on its nectar. It  also caters for a wide range of animals including squirrels and hedgehogs as well as birds.

Medicinal Uses:
Both the flowers and the fruit are mildly diuretic, laxative and emmenagogue. An infusion is used in the treatment of painful menstruation, constipation and kidney disorders.

Known Hazards: Raw fruit may cause stomach upset if eaten.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbus_aria
http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_60b4.html
Sorbus aria
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_UZ.htm

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