Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1201

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in upland forests & woodlands, esp in clay or rocky soils and in fire communities, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...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 stellata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus stellata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 055-03-002:
Quercus stellata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Quercus stellata var. stellata

 

COMMON NAME:
Post Oak


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image of Quercus stellata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_qust_001_lvd

        

image of Quercus stellata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_qust_003_lvd

        

image of Quercus stellata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_stellata_18

February        

image of Quercus stellata

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.

image of Quercus stellata

JK Marlow    jkm160331_011b

March    Laurens County    SC

image of Quercus stellata

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.

image of Quercus stellata

JK Marlow    jkm160331_015

March    Laurens County    SC

image of Quercus stellata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_stellata_al_4

July        AL

image of Quercus stellata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_stellata_leaves

September        

image of Quercus stellata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_stellata_11

November        

image of Quercus stellata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_stellata_3

November        

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.

image of Quercus stellata

JK Marlow    s030702_a

December    Greenville County    SC

Leaves usually cruciform, largest lateral lobes often sublobed or squarish, per Weakley's Flora.