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Fraxinus ornus


Fraxinus ornus

(Manna ash)


Botanical info: 

Manna ash is a rounded, deciduous tree that grows to 15–25 m tall with a relatively short trunk featuring smooth, gray bark. It is naturally found in mixed broadleaved forests as a tree and as a shrub in the understory, but also in maquis. It is native to southern Europe and southwestern Asia. Flowering during May. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Nature of Women: 

        a. Manna ash in wine is strongly diuretic and a potent painkiller. 


Other uses: 

Manna ash is frequently grown as an ornamental tree in Europe for its decorative flowers.  A sugary extract from the sap may be obtained by making a cut in the bark; this was compared in late medieval times with the biblical manna, giving rise to the english name of the tree. In fact, the sugar mannose, and the sugar alcohol mannitol both derive their names from the extract.


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