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  Quercus cocciferoides
Author Hand.-Mazz. 1925 Anz. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Math.-Naturwiss. Kl. 62: 128 1925.
Synonyms cocciferoides var. taliensis (A. Camus) Y.C.Hsu & H.Wei Jen 1976
taliensis A.Camus 1932 (Camus = n° 129 Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. II, 4: 122 1932. )
Local names tie xiang li
Range South China (Yunnan, Sichuan), 1400-3000 m ;
Growth habit 15 m and more; often bushy; low-branched;
Leaves 2-6 x 1-3 cm; semi-evergreen; subleathery, chartaceous; narrowly elliptic or oval lanceolate to oblong; apex pointed and acuminate; base narrowly rounded or cuneate; glabrous above ; glabrous abaxially except some fascicled hairs, but young leaves pubescent; margin apically 1/2 toothed; 6-10 vein pairs; tertiary veins evident beneath; petiole tomentose 5-8 mm;
Flowers from April to June; female inflorescence 2.5 cm, 4-5 flowered;
Fruits acorn subglobose, 1 cm across; mucronate, silky, stongly adherent to half-round cup; cup covering 3/4 of nut, with not appressed scales; ripen the first year;

Bark, twigs and

young shoots pubescent, becoming blackish, glabrescent, with lenticels;
Hardiness zone, habitat hardy zone 8-9; prefers dry, calcareous soils and mountain slopes; also in dry valleys;

-- A. Camus : n° 133 ;
-- Sub-genus Cerris, Section Ilex;


Subspecies and

-- For Govaerts & Frodin, there are 2 varieties : cocciferoides and taliensis; for Menitsky and for Flora of China, these 2 names are synonyms.

-- Q.yiwuensis Huang ex Y.C.Hsu & H.Wei Jen 1976 (Acta Phytotax. Sin. 14(2): 85) is probably a hybrid with Q.aquifolioides, in Yunnan; small tree no more than 10 m tall, with cup scales longer than those of Q.cocciferoides, also more pointed and reflected.


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