Photographer: Michael Clayton
Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Quercus: Latin for oak
macrocarpa: macros for "large;" carpon for "fruit"
|Plant: ||perennial, deciduous tree to 98' + tall; dark gray brown, flat-ridged or scaly bark often with corky wings|
|Flower: ||smooth buds; blooms in spring|
|Fruit:||1-3 acorns on stout stalks; semi-circular to turban-like cup covering 1/2-7/8 of the nut; light brown to grayish, oval to oblong nut|
|Leaf:||obovate to narrowly elliptic in outline, often fiddle-shaped, bases rounded to pointed, edges lobed and/or toothed with deepest lobes near the base, rounded tip becoming merely toothed, upper side dark dull green, underside light green to whitish|
|Habitat: ||moist to wet; bottomlands, prairies, savannas; usually on limestone or calcareous clays|