Oaks of the World

General data Classifications List of species Local names Back to
home page

  Quercus gravesii
Author Sudw. 1927
Synonyms chesosensis (Sarg.) CH Muller 1937
coccinea var. microcarpa Torr. 1858
shumardii var. microcarpa (Torr.) Shinners 1956
stellipila (Sarg.) Parks ex Cory 1936
texana Sarg. not Buckley 1860
texana var. chesosensis Sarg. 1918
texana var. stellipila Sarg. 1918
Local names Graves oak; Chisos red oak;
Range West Texas, N.E. Mexico; 1200-2300 m; restricted area, but common in its range;
Growth habit reaches 12 m tall;
Leaves 5-12 x 4-9 cm; deciduous; thin, leathery; ovate or obovate; base rounded or cuneate; apex obtuse to pointed; margin with 2-3 pairs of apically toothed lobes, with deep rounded sinuses, the terminal lobe elongated; hairless, shiny light green adaxially; pale and reddish brown beneath, with axil tufts; red when unfolding and at fall; secondary veins prominent both sides; petiole hairless or glabrescent, 0.5-1.5 cm long;
Flowers in spring; male inflorescences 6-7 cm long, sparcely hairy; female inflorescences to 1.5 cm long, bearing 1-3 flowers on pinkish brown, glabrescent stalks;
Fruits acorn 1.2-1.5 cm, ovoid; pubescent; singly or paired, sometimes more, on a short peduncle 0.4-1.2 cm long; enclosed 1/3 to 1/2 by deep, turbinate, hairy, 1.5 cm wide cup, with flat scales; maturing in 2 years;

Bark, twigs and
buds

bark black, coarsely ridged, smooth on branches; twig slender, grey green or reddish brown, glabrescent; terminal bud brown, ovoid, acute, hairless, 2-5 mm long, with ciliate scales; deciduous stipules, 5-10 mm long;
Hardiness zone, habitat hardy (withstands -15°C); all types of soils, prefers wet ones;
Miscellaneous -- A. Camus : n° 429;
-- Section Lobatae;
-- Close to Q.shumardii and Q.buckleyi.

-- Henry S. Graves (1871-1950) was at the head of US Forests Department.
Subspecies and
varieties
Hybrids with Q.hypoleucoides (= x Q. inconstans) and with Q.emoryi (= x Q. robusta), most of which it is confused with;
Pictures