Quercus x pauciloba Rydb. (pro sp.)

Quercus undulata Torr.

  • Family: Fagaceae (oaks and beeches)
  • Common name: wavyleaf oak
  • Synonyms: Q. venustula, Q. fendleri, Q. x andrewsii

    Shrub or small tree. Bark gray and rough. Leaves alternate, oblong or elliptical, margins serrate to undulate or shallowly lobed, tapering to base, 2-6 cm (0.8-2.4 in) long, 1-3 cm (0.4-1.2 in) wide, dark bluish-green above, dull green and densely hairy below, deciduous or evergreen. Fruits are acorns maturing in the first year, 1-1.5 cm (0.4-0.6 in) long, with scaly cup covering about 1/3.

    Distribution: Native to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, the Black Mesa area of Oklahoma, and northern Mexico.
    Habitat: rocky slopes of mesas.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Quercus is the ancient classical name for the European oaks; pauciloba refers to the shallowly lobed leaf margins; undulata refers to the wavy (undulate) leaf margins.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/17/99
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