Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
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.
Overcup Oak, Swamp White Oak
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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.
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.
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).
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)
Look for it in seasonally rather deeply & frequently flooded soils of floodplains of Coastal Plain, less commonly in seasonally flooded swamps in Triassic basins in lower Piedmont, and rarely in upland depression swamps of Piedmont (developed over clays weathered from mafic rocks) and Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora
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 p309
- Landscaping with Native Trees p204
- Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America p052
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p178
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p278
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p272