Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Genus: Quercus Subgenus: Quercus Section: Virentes (live oaks)
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
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 Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dwarf Live Oak
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Leaves obovate or oblanceolate, with a very short petiole, base cuneate, per Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America (Stein, Binion, & Acciavatti, 2003).
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Acorn cup goblet-shaped with grayish scales, enclosing up to 1/2 of nut, per Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America (Stein, Binion, & Acciavatti, 2003).
Habitat: pine flatwoods, coastal fringe sandhills, pine rocklands, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in GA Coastal Plain (uncommon in SC, rare in NC)
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins
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