Sorbus intermedia, Sorbus scandica, Sorbus suecica,
SE: Oxel, DE: Schwedische Mehlbeere, NL: Zweedse lijsterbes,
UK: Swedish Whitebeam

Scientific name:  Sorbus intermedia (Ehrh.) Pers.
Synonym name:  Sorbus scandica (L.) Fr., Sorbus suecica (L.) Krok & Almq.
Swedish name:  Oxel, Vanlig oxel, Svensk oxel
German name:  Schwedische Mehlbeere
Nederlandse naam:  Zweedse lijsterbes
English name:  Swedish Whitebeam
Plant Family:  Rosaceae, Rose family, Rosväxter

Flowers in Sweden

Life form:  Deciduous tree
Stems:  Grey bark; the crown dome-shaped; 3–10 m
Leaves:  Oblong, shallowly partite, serrated, dark green leaves have silver-grey undersides with pale grey-white hairs; at the base of the leaf there may be two or four deep lobes, or none at all; winter buds are green or brownish and sticky
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite, 5 white petals, 20 yellowish-white stamens; flattened clusters, corymbs; flower-stalks hairy.
Flowering Period:  June
Fruits:  Orange-red to red oval pome
Habitat:  Skåne to Uppland, further north is rare; dry rocky meadow banks, rocky broadleaf woods, forest hills

Vilda blommor i Sverige

Derivation of the botanical name:
Sorbus, Linnaeus named this genus in 1753. "Sorbus" is an ancient Latin name.
intermedia, Latin inter, "between," medium "middle," the name means intermediate.
  • The standard author abbreviation Ehrh. is used to indicate Jakob Friedrich Ehrhart (1742 – 1795), a German botanist, a pupil of Carolus Linnaeus at Uppsala University.
  • The standard author abbreviation Pers. is used to indicate Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761 – 1836), a mycologist, born in South Africa.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Fr. is used to indicate Elias Magnus Fries (1794 – 1878), a Swedish mycologist and botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Krok is used to indicate Thorgny Ossian Bolivar Napoleon Krok(1834 – 1921), a Swedish botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Almq. is used to indicate Sigfried Osker Immanuel Almquist (1844 - 1923), a Swedish botanist and mycologist.

Flowers of Sweden