Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Genus: Quercus Subgenus: Quercus Section: Lobatae (red oaks)
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
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 VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 055-03-019:
Quercus laevis FAMILY Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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JK Marlow jkm0210c_07
October Aiken County SC
3-7 lobes usually with 1-3 bristle-tipped teeth, deep sinuses, raised veins, per Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America (Stein, Binion, & Acciavatti, 2003).
JK Marlow jkm161001_036
September Chesterfield County SC
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Leaf surfaces are nearly always perpendicular to the ground, per Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988).
Keith Bradley kab_quercus_laevis_7993
Acorn cup thick, w a wide shoulder and marginal scales rolled into interior, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004).
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Longleaf pine sandhills, primarily in very xeric soils of deep sandy deposits (Carolina bay rims, old beach dunes, early Cenozoic deposits of the Sandhills Province), or inland from the Coastal Plain on dry ridges and slopes over quartzite or other acidic rock types, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)
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Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Wasowski & Wasowski, 1994, 2020) p070
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 1st ed. (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p231
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p286
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America (Williams, 2007) p296
- Landscaping with Native Trees (Sternberg & Wilson, 1995) p220
- Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America (Stein, Binion, & Acciavatti, 2003) p048
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007) p175
- Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988) p285
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p162
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p272
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