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  Quercus minima
Author (Sarg.)Small 1897 Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 24: 438
Synonyms virginiana var. minima Sarg.1895
virens var. dentata Chapman 1860
virginiana var. dentata (Chapman) Sarg. 1918
virginiana subsp dentata (Chapm.) E.Murray 1983
virginiana var. pygmaea Sarg. 1918
geminata var. reasoneri (Trel.) A.Camus 1939
Local names minimal oak ; dwarf live oak ;
Range S.E. USA; 0 -200 m;
Growth habit small rhizomatous tree, 0.3-1.5 m tall;
Leaves 4-10 x 3-5 cm; evergreen; oboval, oblanceolate, asymmetrical; base cuneate; apex rounded to pointed; margin often rolled under, entire or coarsely toothed (1-5 pairs of teeth); shiny green, usually hairless above; blue green, minutely tomentose beneath; 4-10 vein pairs; petiole 1-6 mm long;
Fruits acorn 1.5-1.8 cm long; dark brown; hairless; stalk 3-30 mm long; cup half-round, with greyish pubescent scales; cotyledons connate;

Bark, twigs and

bark dark grey, smooth; twig light grey, hairless; buds dark grey brown, globose, 0.5-1.5 cm;
Hardiness zone, habitat not hardy; prefers sandy soils;
Miscellaneous -- A. Camus : n° 175 ;
-- Sub-genus Quercus, Section Virentes;

Subspecies and
-- hybridizes with Q.chapmanii (= Q.x rolfsii );