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 Quercus alnifolia
Author Poech 1842 Enum. Pl. Cypr. 12 1842.
Synonymscypria Jaub. & Spach 1843 , not Kotschy
Local namesCyprus golden oak;
RangeCyprus; introduced in Europe (France) in 1815;
Growth habit6-8 m tall; smaller in cultivation (2-3 m); slow growing;
Leaves 3-6 cm long, 2-5 cm wide; evergreen; rounded or broadly oval, leathery; apex obtuse, sometimes shortly acuminate; base rounded; margin toothed ( 4-7 pairs of teeth in apical 1/2) except near base, often revolute; glossy dark green, convex above, with impressed veins; golden felted below, at least when young; petiole 0.5-1 cm long, densely tomentose;
Fruitsacorn pointed, conical ovoid, 1.5-3 cm long and 0.8-1.6 cm wide; wider near apex; enclosed for 1/4 of length by cup; cup 2 cm wide with long, greyish tomentose scales; narrow basal scare; acorns germinate from the base;

Bark, twigs and

bark dark ash grey, furrowed; young twigs densely hairy, with grey to brown lenticels;
Hardiness zone, habitathardy; all types of soils; slow growing;
Miscellaneous-- A. Camus : n 106;
-- Sub-genus Cerris, Section Ilex;
-- rare in cultivation; rare also in Cyprus, where it occurs only at Troodos Mount, near 800 m;
-- resembles Q.ilex; sometimes confused with Q.coccifera;
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