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  Quercus x auzendei
Author Gren. & Godron 1855 Fl. France 3: 119 1855.
Synonyms coccifera x ilex subsp ilex
= coccifera var. auzandri (Gren. & Godr.) Jahand. & Maire 1932
= ilex var. agrifolia A.DC
= x agrifolia Batt. & Trab. 1890
= x trabutiana Maire 1926
= x aquifolia Trab. 1905
= x catalaunica Sennen 1912
= x airensis Franco & Vasc. 1954
= x comari Albert 1902
= x denudata Albert 1902
= x mestoides Reynier in Albert 1902
= x reynieri Albert 1902
= x soluntina Tineo ex Lojac. 1907
= x rouxii A.Camus 1935
Local names
Range France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Sicily, Greece;
Growth habit

small shrub 2 to 10 m, seldom to 15 m;

Leaves evergreen 1.5-2.5 cm x 1.4-2; leathery; oblong-elliptic, dark green above, glaucous tomentose beneath; margin wavy with small mucronate teeth; 5-7 vein pairs; petiole hairy, 3.5 cm;
Fruits acorn solitary, on short peduncle, enclosed 1/2 or more by cup; cup with long, pointed, never appressed, slightly pubescent scales;

Bark, twigs and

bark like one of the parents; twig hairy, erect or drooping, but never divaricated as in coccifera; bud ovoid or subglobose, brown, with persistent bracts;
Hardiness zone, habitat warm, dry, calcareous soils;

-- Sometimes erroneously written : x auzendrei, or x auzandrii; the name comes from Joseph Auzende, chief-gardener in Toulon, France, so Gren. & Godr. named the taxon "auzendei" in 1855, which is currently the good name, despite the fact that they changed this name to auzandri one year later (1856)...(ICBN Arts 60.1 and 60.11).

-- Very rare;

-- For some authors (Vazquez 2002), Q. x rouxii Camus 1936 (= Q.x airensis) is a hybrid between Q.coccifera and Q.rotundifolia ; leaves 1.5-2 cm, leathery, evergreen, oblong to oboval, wavy, glaucous, both sides tomentose (much more abaxially than above, with stellate trichomes), with minutely mucronate toothed margins; 5-7 vein pairs; petiole 1-5 mm, woolly; acorn 1.5-2 x 1-2 cm; cup scales glabrous or nearly so; bud with thin bracts 5 mm long, shortly woolly pubescent; this species is currently named Q. x airensis Franco & Vasc. because the name "x rouxii" given by A. Camus was applied to the hybrid between coccifera and ilex subsp ballota = the name of the latest beeing now "rotundifolia", the name of the hybrid species has changed in one's turn...

-- The numerous synonyms given to Q.auzendei are not justified if one regards Q.ilex as "sensu lato", but considering the numerous varieties of Q.ilex (and Q.rotundifolia) and the fact that each variety will give a "different from others" taxon when hybridized with Q.coccifera, it is understandable that several authors had described so many species...! (for example, Q.denudata is the hybrid Q.coccifera X Q.ilex var. denudata, and so on...)

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