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Key to Quercus

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1. Acorn cup scales thin, not tubercled, shell hairy to woolly inside, at least at tip; bark dark gray or gray-brown to black

2. Leaf moderately to deeply lobed,  1–4-toothed, teeth generally bristle-tipped; plant deciduous ..... Q. kelloggii

2' Leaf  to toothed, teeth abruptly pointed to spine-tipped, not bristle-tipped; plant evergreen

3. Leaf generally adaxially convexmargin rolled under or not, obscuring marginal teeth,  generally widely  to round; fruit mature in year 1 ..... Q. agrifolia

4. Leaf abaxially glabrous to sparsely hairy except vein axils hair-tufted ..... var. agrifolia

4' Leaf abaxially densely  ..... var. oxyadenia

3' Leaf adaxially ± flat, margin not rolled under, blade generally  to ; fruit mature in years 1–2

5. Leaf abaxially ± yellow or ± white woolly; fruit mature in year 1 ..... Q. ilex

5' Leaf abaxially glabrous; fruit mature in year 2

6. Leaf 2–5 cm, abaxially generally ± shiny, yellow-green; nut distally  to ±  ..... Q. wislizeni

7. Shrub 2–4(6) m ..... var. frutescens

7' Tree generally 10–22 m ..... var. wislizeni

6' Leaf 3–9(14) cm, abaxially generally ± dull; nut distally obtuse to ± rounded ..... Q. parvula

8. Tree < 17 m – s NCo, NCoRI, CW (except SCoRI), WTR ..... var. shrevei

8' Shrub 1–6 m

9. Leaf margin generally entire; SCoRO (Santa Barbara Co.), n ChI (Santa Cruz Island), e WTR ..... var. parvula

9' Leaf margin long-tapered ; SnFrB (Mount Tamalpais) ..... var. tamalpaisensis

1' Acorn cup scales generally thick, generally tubercled to ± not, shell glabrous to woolly inside; bark light gray to ± white

10. Acorn nut shell ± woolly inside; fruit mature in year 2; plants evergreen

11. Leaf generally 3–8 cm; acorn cup > 1.5 cm wide; generally tree, > 7 m

12. Leaf adaxially with lateral veins ± not impressed, abaxially golden-puberulent, glabrous in age ..... Q. chrysolepis

12' Leaf adaxially with lateral veins impressed, abaxially densely tomentose, sparsely tomentose in age – ChI ..... Q. tomentella

11' Leaf generally 1–3.5 cm; acorn cup < 1.5 cm wide (if > 1.5 cm wide, leaves <= 3 cm); generally shrub, < 7 m

13. Twigs rigid;  margin wavy, strongly spine-toothed; blade elliptic to round-ovate; plants 2–6 m,  ..... Q. palmeri

13' Twigs flexible; leaf margin entire to irregularly , teeth mucronate or spine-tipped; blade oblong or lanceolate to ; plants to 5 m,  to erect

14. Leaf margin entire or with few irregular spine-tipped teeth; dry chaparral, 100–1800 m, sw PR ..... Q. cedrosensis

14' Leaf margin entire to mucro-toothed; montane conifer zone, 900–2800 m, KR, NCoRH, NCoRI, CaRH, SNH, MP ..... Q. vacciniifolia

10' Acorn nut shell glabrous inside; fruit mature in year 1; plants evergreen or not

15. Leaf lobed (± entire, wavy, or ± lobed in Quercus douglasii), margins generally without spines; plants deciduous

16. Leaf abaxially glabrous (in youth sometimes sparsely hairy), base strongly , often revolute; fr on   (25-)35–65(-100) mm ..... [Q. robur]

16' Leaf abaxially fine-hairy, , fine-tomentose, short-hairy, or densely appressed-stellate-hairy, base wedge-shaped, rounded-gradually , or  (subcordate); fr subsessile or rarely on axillary peduncle to 10(-20) mm

17. Leaf shallowly lobed (sinuses generally < 1/2 distance  tip to midrib), adaxially generally dull, green to blue-green

18. Leaf adaxially green; acorn cup scales tubercled; ChI ..... Q. ×macdonaldii

18' Leaf adaxially blue- or gray-green; acorn cup scales ± tubercled; mainland

19. Shrub, tree < 3 m, evergreen to deciduous; leaves 1.5–5 cm, generally irregularly coarsely toothed, adaxially blue- or gray-green ..... Q. ×alvordiana (2)

19' Tree, deciduous; leaves 3–6(8) cm, ± entire, wavy, or ± lobed, adaxially blue-green ..... Q. douglasii

17' Leaf moderately to deeply lobed (sinuses generally > 1/2 distance lobe tip to midrib), adaxially ± shiny, dark green

20. Tree; acorn cup 10–30 mm deep, all scales tubercled; nut 30–50 mm, generally long-conic, distally acute to ± obtuse ..... Q. lobata

20' Shrub to tree; acorn cup 4–9 mm deep, proximal scales ± tubercled, distal ± not; nut 20–30 mm, ovoid to ± spheric, distally rounded ..... Q. garryana

21. Tree 8–20 m, generally with 1 trunk; terminal  5–12 mm, hairs dense, ± yellow or ± white ..... var. garryana

21' Shrub to small tree 0.3–5 m, generally with > 1 trunk; terminal buds 2–5 mm, hairs sparse, brown or ± red

22. Rays of  hairs on leaf abaxially generally 4–6, 0.25–0.5 mm; KR, NCoRH, CCo ..... var. breweri

22' Rays of stellate hairs on leaf abaxially generally 6–8, < 0.3 mm; KR, NCoRI, CaR, SN, SnFrB, SCoRO, ne WTR, MP ..... var. semota

15' Leaf generally entire to toothed, not lobed, teeth with spines or not; plants generally evergreen

23. Leaves 7–11(18) cm, serrate, lateral veins of larger leaves generally 20–28, generally straight and prominent; stipules persistent, > 10 mm, silky-hairy ..... Q. sadleriana

23' Leaves 1–6 cm, entire to dentate, lateral veins of larger leaves generally < 20, generally not straight and prominent; stipules early-deciduous, < 10 mm, not silky-hairy

24. Shrub to tree generally > 5 m; leaves 2–6 cm, oblong to obovate, entire or ± toothed, adaxially shiny green to dull blue-green

25. Shrub, small tree 5–6(10) m; leaf blade (10)20–35(60) mm, adaxially shiny green to dull blue-green, margin entire, dentate, or wavy-dentate ..... Q. ×acutidens (2)

25' Tree 5–25 m; leaf blade (20)30–60(80) mm, adaxially blue-green, dull, margin wavy-dentate to generally entire ..... Q. engelmannii

24' Shrub to small tree generally < 5 m (Quercus berberidifolia sometimes a small tree to 8+ m); leaves 1–5 cm, elliptic to ovate or ± round, variously toothed, adaxially shiny to dull green to dull blue-, yellow-, or gray-green

26. Leaf 2-colored, adaxially yellow- to gray-green, abaxially ± white, densely fine-tomentose, hairs obscuring lateral veins ..... Q. cornelius-mulleri

26' Leaf 1–2-colored, adaxially green to gray- or blue-green, abaxially dull light or pale green or gray-green, not densely tomentose, hairs not obscuring lateral veins

27. Leaf generally oblong to obovate, margin wavy to obtuse-toothed; PR ..... Q. ×acutidens (2)

27' Leaf elliptic to ovate or ± round, margin toothed, teeth abruptly pointed to spine-tipped

28. Acorn cup thin, scales ± tubercled to not; leaf adaxially gray- or blue-green, dull

29. Acorn stalk 10–15 mm, nut cylindric-ovoid to elliptic, 12–23 mm, generally yellow-brown, distally obtuse; leaves oblong to elliptic, generally regularly spine-toothed ..... Q. turbinella

29' Acorn stalk 0, nut conic-ovoid, 20–40 mm, generally dark brown, distally acute to ± obtuse; leaves oblong to elliptic or obovate, irregularly toothed, teeth blunt to weakly spiny

30. Shrub to small tree < 3 m; leaves 1.5–5 cm, toothed but not spine-toothed, adaxially blue- to gray-green ..... Q. ×alvordiana (2)

30' Shrub 2–5 m to tree < 7 m; leaves 1.3–2.8 cm, spine-toothed, adaxially gray-green ..... Q. john-tuckeri

28' Acorn cup thick, scales tubercled; leaf adaxially generally green, ± shiny (dull or not in Quercus durata)

31. Leaf adaxially dull, convex, margin often rolled under, obscuring teeth ..... Q. durata

32. Leaf adaxially strongly convex, abaxially short-hairy when young; generally on serpentine, NCoR, n SN, s CCo, SnFrB, SCoR ..... var. durata

32' Leaf adaxially ± convex, abaxially densely short-hairy when young; not on serpentine, se WTR, SnGb (s slope) ..... var. gabrielensis

31' Leaf adaxially ± shiny, flat to ± wavy, not convex, margin generally not rolled under

33. Leaf abaxially with , 2–6-rayed hairs – SCo, PR, chaparral or coastal-sage scrub, < 200 m ..... Q. dumosa

33' Leaf abaxially with , 4–10-rayed hairs

34. Leaf base wedge-shaped or generally truncate or rounded; margin mucro- or spine-toothed; widespread on mainland ..... Q. berberidifolia

34' Leaf base gradually tapered, wedge-shaped, or rounded; margin entire, wavy, or ± toothed, teeth generally mucronate; ChI ..... Q. pacifica


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