Quercus lyrata Walt. - Overcup Oak

Quercus lyrata leaves

Family - Fagaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Quercus lyrata trunkMature trunk.

Leaves - No info yet.

Quercus lyrata leaves

Quercus lyrata leaves

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Flowers - No info yet.

Quercus lyrata fruit

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Alluvial or wet ground in low swampy woods, stream valleys, bottoms, flood plain forests.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found mainly in southeastern Missouri but it is also found in a few other southern Missouri counties. The tree can be identified by its globose fruits. The cup of the fruit almost completely covers the nut inside.
Steyermark reported a stand of these trees in a swamp in Taney County which contained other southeastern relict species. This stand was destroyed in 1956 with the erecting of the Table Rock Dam.
The wood of this species is flexible and strong like that of White Oak and is used in a similar matter.

Photographs taken in Lochapoka, AL., 9-22-04.


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