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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Quercus lyrata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 055-03-005:
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Quercus lyrata

 

COMMON NAME:
Overcup Oak


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image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_quly_001_lvd

        

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_quly_003_lvd

        

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

Will Stuart    wil_6989198558_8cecde7cd9

April    Dorchester County    SC

Francis Biedler Forest

The leaves are indeed lyre-shaped. — Will Stuart

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_3

June        

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_acorn

September        

Acorns adapted to for dispersal amid floods, the cup surrounding the nut, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_bark

September        

Bark grayish to brown, scaly or with thick scaly ridges or plates, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_leaves

September        

Leaf lobes with acute apices; sinuses often both broad and "flat-bottomed", per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

JK Marlow    jkm181119_5944

November    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

JK Marlow    jkm181119_5945

November    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

Of southeastern oaks, Q. lyrata tolerates the wettest habitats (in depth & duration of flooding), per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

JK Marlow    jkm181119_5946

November    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

JK Marlow    jkm181119_5948

November    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Quercus lyrata, Overcup Oak

JK Marlow    jkm181119_5964

November    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Quercus lyrata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 055-03-005:
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Quercus lyrata

 

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1189

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains)

Habitat: Seasonally rather deeply and frequently flooded soils of floodplains of the Coastal Plain, less commonly in seasonally flooded swamps in Triassic basins in the lower Piedmont, and rarely in upland depression swamps of the Piedmont (developed over clays weathered from mafic rocks) and Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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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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