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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 laurifolia   FAMILY Fagaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus laurifolia   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Quercus laurifolia

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 055-03-031:
Quercus laurifolia   FAMILY Fagaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Diamond Leaf Oak


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image of Quercus laurifolia, Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Diamond Leaf Oak

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_qula3_001_lvd

        

image of Quercus laurifolia, Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Diamond Leaf Oak

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_qula3_003_pvd

        

image of Quercus laurifolia, Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Diamond Leaf Oak

JK Marlow    jkm090221_073

February    Richland County    SC

Congaree National Park

National Champion Tree

image of Quercus laurifolia, Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Diamond Leaf Oak

JK Marlow    jkm090221_077

February    Richland County    SC

Congaree National Park

Leaf shape variable: usually widened near tip but often wider at middle, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus laurifolia, Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Diamond Leaf Oak

Keith Bradley    kab_q_laurifolia_75212

March    Monroe County    FL

Big Cypress National Preserve

Bark dark gray, shallowly ridged and furrowed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus laurifolia, Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Diamond Leaf Oak

JK Marlow    s101017_laureloak

October    Mecklenburg County    NC

Leaf tips blunt, usually without bristle tips, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

 

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus laurifolia   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Quercus laurifolia

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 055-03-031:
Quercus laurifolia   FAMILY Fagaceae

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

 

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1864

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont) (endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Mesic to seasonally flooded soils of floodplains, also (rarely) mesic slopes and swamps in maritime forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen
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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