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.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Quercus stellata var. stellata
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JK Marlow jkm090318_007
March Greenville County SC
Tree occasionally 70-80' tall, usually with large, crooked gnarled branches, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
JK Marlow jkm160331_011c
March Laurens County SC
Staminate flowers in pendulous catkins near base of current year's twig, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_quercus_stellata_3
Acorn cup fairly thin, covering 1/3-1/2 of nut, which is 10-20mm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
JK Marlow s030702_a
December Greenville County SC
Leaves usually cruciform, largest lateral lobes often sublobed or squarish, per Weakley's Flora.