Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1188

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in sandhills, primarily in very xeric soils of deep sandy deposits (Carolina bay rims, old beach dunes, early Cenozoic deposits of Sandhills Province), or inland from the Coastal Plain on dry ridges and slopes over quartzite or other acidic rock types, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate, 5-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
Petals absent
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Acorn

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Quercus laevis   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus laevis   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 055-03-019:
Quercus laevis   FAMILY Fagaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Turkey Oak


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Keith Bradley    kab_quercus_laevis_77019

May    Martin County    FL

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0210c_07

October    Aiken County    SC

Nurseries Caroliniana

3-7 lobes usually with 1-3 bristle-tipped teeth, deep sinuses, raised veins, per Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm091017_052

October    Sumter County    SC

Manchester State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm161001_036

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Leaf surfaces are nearly always perpendicular to the ground, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Keith Bradley    kab_quercus_laevis_7993

October        SC

Acorn cup thick, w a wide shoulder and marginal scales rolled into interior, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_laevis

October