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Himalayan White Birch

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii


Betula utilis (Himalayan birch, bhojpatra, Sanskrit: Bhûrja) is a birch tree native to the Himalayas, growing at elevations up to 4,500 m (14,800 ft). The specific epithet, utilis, refers to the many uses of the different parts of the tree. The white, paper-like bark of the tree was used in ancient times for writing Sanskrit scriptures and texts. It is still used as paper for the writing of sacred mantras, with the bark placed in an amulet and worn for protection. Selected varieties are used for landscaping throughout the world, even while some areas of its native habitat are being lost due to overuse of the tree for firewood.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Lat: 49.24, Long: -123.11

Spotted on Oct 1, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012

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