Quercus mohriana Buckl. ex Rydb.

  • Family: Fagaceae (oaks and beeches)
  • Common names: shinnery, Mohr's oak

    Thicket-forming (clonal) shrub to 2 m (6 ft) tall, or occasionally a small tree. Twigs slender, gray-brown, hairy, ending in a cluster of small light brown hairy buds. Bark gray-brown, thick, deeply furrowed on larger stems. Leaves 2.5-7.5 cm (1-3 in) long and 1.2-2.5 cm (0.5-1 in) wide, oblong or elliptical, rounded at both ends, edges straight or wavy with few teeth, densely gray-hairy below and shiny dark green above. Acorns 10-15 mm (0.4-0.6 in) long, elliptical, about 1/2 enclosed by deep cup, maturing in the first year.

    Distribution: The species is native to northern Mexico, western Texas, southwestern Oklahoma, and eastern New Mexico.
    Habitat: rocky slopes, piņon-juniper woodlands.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Quercus is the ancient classical name for the European oaks; mohriana honors pharmacist and botanist Charles Mohr of Alabama.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/17/99
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