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Quercus suber

Quercus suber L.

 

Cork Oak

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFagalesBirch, she-oak, beech, walnut, bayberry, others
FamilyFagaceaeBeech familhy
GenusQuercusLatin for “oak”
Speciessuber“Corky”

About plant names...

Cork oak is a native of southwest Europe and northwest Africa. It is not native to North America. It is the principle source of cork for wine bottle stoppers. Remarkably, removal of the cork does not harm the tree.

Identification: Trees reach 66' (20 m). Leaves are 1½-2½" (4-7 cm) long, roughly oval, with a few rounded serrations. Acorns are about 1" (2.5 cm) long, with large corky caps that cover about half of the nut. See the Quercus comparison table.

Quercus suber (Cork Oak)

From Köhler, Franz Eugen, Medizinal-Pflantzen, Gera-Untermhaus, FE Köhler, 1887.

Online References:

Quercus suber on Wikipedia

Quercus suber on Desert-tropicals.com

Quercus suber on CalPhotos

Quercus suber at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Quercus suber on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Quercus suber on the Rainforest Alliance

Quercus suber on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

References:

Sibley, David Allen, The Sibley Guide to Trees, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, p. 226

Quercus suber description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Quercus suber (Cork Oak)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 31 × 21" (78 × 52 cm)

Quercus suber (Cork Oak)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 20 × 13" (50 × 33 cm)

Quercus suber (Cork Oak)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 5 × 7½' (1.6 × 2.3 m)

Quercus suber (Cork Oak)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

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