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The State Floral Emblem

     On March 16, 1923, Governor Arthur M. Hyde signed a bill naming the white hawthorne blossom the official state floral emblem of Missouri. Known as the "red haw" or "white haw", the hawthorne (crateagus) is a member of the great rose family, which resembles the apple group. The hawthorne blossoms have greenish-yellow centers and form in white clusters. More than 75 species of the hawthorne grow in Missouri, particularly in the Ozarks.
(RSMo 10.030)

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