Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Genus: Quercus Subgenus: Quercus Section: Quercus (white oaks)
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Read Edible Wild Plants: Oak from Lytton Musselman and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Learn more from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina website.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
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)
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Will Stuart wil_6989198558_8cecde7cd9
April Dorchester County SC
Francis Biedler Forest
The leaves are indeed lyre-shaped. — Will Stuart
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_quercus_lyrata_acorn
Acorns adapted to for dispersal amid floods, the cup surrounding the nut, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004).
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_quercus_lyrata_bark
Bark grayish to brown, scaly or with thick scaly ridges or plates, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004).
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_quercus_lyrata_leaves
Leaf lobes with acute apices; sinuses often both broad and "flat-bottomed", per Weakley's Flora (2012).
JK Marlow jkm181119_5945
November McCormick County SC
Of southeastern oaks, Q. lyrata tolerates the wettest habitats (in depth & duration of flooding), per Weakley's Flora (2022).
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains)
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Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee (Hunter, 2002) p309
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America (Williams, 2007) p308
- Landscaping with Native Trees (Sternberg & Wilson, 1995) p204
- Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America (Stein, Binion, & Acciavatti, 2003) p052
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007) p178
- Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988) p278
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p272
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