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Quercus chrysolepis

Higher Taxonomy
Family: FagaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: OAK FAMILY
Habit: Shrub, tree, evergreen or not; monoecious. Leaf: simple, alternate, petioled; margin entire to lobed; stipules small, generally deciduous. Staminate Inflorescence: catkin or stiff spike, many-flowered. Pistillate Inflorescence: 1--few-flowered, generally above staminate inflorescence; involucre bracts many, generally overlapping, flat or cylindric. Staminate Flower: calyx generally 4--6-lobed, minute; petals 0; stamens 4--12+. Pistillate Flower: calyx generally 6-lobed, minute; petals 0; ovary inferior, style branches generally 3. Fruit: 1 nut subtended, partly enclosed by scaly, cup-like involucre or 1--3 nuts subtended, enclosed by spiny, bur-like involucre; mature years 1--2. Seed: generally 1.
Genera In Family: 7 genera, +- 900 species: generally northern hemisphere. Note: Wood of Quercus critical for pre-20th century ship-building, charcoal for metallurgy; some now supply wood (Fagus, Quercus), cork (Quercus suber), food (Castanea, chestnut). Lithocarpus densiflorus moved to Notholithocarpus.
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Tucker, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: QuercusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Tree 5--15 m, deciduous; trunk bark scaly, +- gray; twigs tomentose. Leaf: 4--7 cm; petiole 3--10 mm; blade oblong to obovate, adaxially glabrous to sparsely hairy, green, +- shiny, abaxially densely appressed-stellate-hairy, +- pale green, tip obtuse to rounded, margin lobes 2--6(8) per leaf, shallow, generally pointed. Fruit: cup 10--20 mm wide, 6--10 mm deep, hemispheric, scales tubercled, canescent; nut 20--35 mm, conic-oblong to ovoid, distally acute to +- obtuse, shell glabrous inside; mature in year 1.
Note: Considered a species by Greene but derived from hybrids involving Quercus pacifica, Quercus lobata, perhaps others; needs study.

Quercus chrysolepis Liebm.
Habit: Shrub to tree < 35 m, evergreen; trunk bark narrowly furrowed, scaly, pale gray; twigs golden-tomentose, +- glabrous in age. Leaf: (1.5)3--6 cm, leathery; petiole 3--10 mm; blade oblong to oblong- or round-ovate, adaxially dark green, abaxially golden-puberulent, glabrous in age, dull, +- gray, tip acute to abruptly pointed, margin entire or spine-toothed. Fruit: cup 17--30 mm wide, 5--10 mm deep, saucer- to bowl-shaped, scales thick, +- tubercled to not, golden-tomentose; nut 25--30 mm, 14--20 mm wide, +- ovoid, oblong, or elliptic, distally obtuse to rounded, shell woolly inside; mature in year 2.
Ecology: Canyons, shaded slopes, chaparral, mixed-evergreen forest, woodland; Elevation: 30--2750 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP (exc GV), e DMtns; Distribution Outside California: Oregon, Arizona, Baja California. Flowering Time: Apr--May Note: Highly variable. Hybridizes with Quercus palmeri, Quercus tomentella, Quercus vacciniifolia.
Synonyms: Quercus chrysolepis var. nana (Jeps.) Jeps.
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Tucker
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Citation for this treatment: John M. Tucker Quercus chrysolepis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 20, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 20, 2017.

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Geographic subdivisions for Quercus chrysolepis:
CA-FP (exc GV), e DMtns;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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