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  Quercus mespilifolia
Author Wall. ex A.DC. 1864 Prodr. 16(2): 101
Synonyms Cyclobalanopsis mespilifolia (Wall. ex DC) Oerst. 1866
lineata var. lobbii auct. not (Ettinghs.)Wenzig
mespilifolioides A. Camus 1935 nom. illeg.
mespilifolia Hook. f. 1888
Local names Mai kho ; Bin go ;
Range Myanmar; Thailand; Laos; Vietnam; China (Yunnan);
Growth habit tall tree;
Leaves

11-20 x 4.5-7.5 cm ; leathery; oval-lanceolare, oblong-lanceolate or oblong; apex pointed or subobtuse; base cuneate; margin shortly dentate in the apical half; shiny and glabrous above; dull beneath, initially tomentose, becoming hairless; 12-16 vein pairs prominent beneath; petiole 1-2 cm long, rusty pubescent;

Flowers male catkins densely paniculate; male flowers with stamens more or less hidden in the tomentum;
Fruits acorn 1.5-1.8 cm long, 1.2-1.5 cm in diameter, ovoid, tomentose at first then glabrous, apex depressed, base truncate with convex basal scar; 1/2 enclosed by cup; cup hemispherical, 2 cm in diameter, 1.3 cm high, with ca. 10 concentrical, denticulate, slightly tomentose rings.

Bark, twigs and
buds

young twigs slightly fulvous tomentose;
Hardiness zone, habitat  
Miscellaneous -- A.Camus : n° 70;
-- Sub-genus Cerris, Section Cyclobalanopsis;
-- Section Semiserrata, sub-section Gemelliflorae (Menitsky).
-- related to
Q.thomsoniana ;
-- for some Authors (Menitsky, Govaerts & Frodin), it is a synonym of
Q.kerrii Craib ;
Subspecies and
varieties

-- Q.valdinervosa Soepadmo 1968 Gard. Bull. Singapore 22: 404
= Q.mespilifolia var borneensis Heine 1951
to 30 m; bark smooth, grey; glabrescent twigs; leaves elliptic or obovate-oblong, 7-15 cm x 3-6, stiff, thick; apex acuminate, base attenuate or acute ; margin denticulate at apical 1/2; hairless above, finely pubescent beneath then glabrous; 10-15 pairs of secondary veins flat or impressed above, strongly raised below; acorn to 3 cm long; cupule conical, 2.5 cm in diameter, with 7-8 crenate, pubescent rings; common, but only in Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei) ; to 2300 m;

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