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 Quercus muehlenbergii
AuthorEngelm. 1887
Synonymsacuminata (Michx.) Sarg. 1895
alexanderi Britt.
1901
brayi Small 1901
castanea Muhl. 1801, nom. illeg., not Née
muehlenbergii var. brayi (Small) Fang 1918
prinoides var. acuminata (Michx.) Gleason 1952
prinoides var. alexanderi (Britt.) Steyerm. 1960
prinus Coulter
prinus L. var. acuminata Michx.1801
rubra var. muehlenbergii (Engelm.) Wenz. 1884
Local nameschinkapin ; yellow chestnut oak ; chinquapin oak ; yellow oak ;
Range Eastern and Central USA; Canada; NE Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas); 0 to 2300 m; introduced in Europe in 1822;
Growth habit 15-30 m tall; crown narrow, tip rounded; shrubby in the northern part of its area; trunk to 0.9 m in diameter;
Leaves 6-18 x 3-9 cm; thin but leathery; lanceolate or oboval to oblanceolate; apex acute or acuminate; base cuneate or truncate; margin slightly revolute; 5-13 shallow lobes each side, pointed but not spinny; shiny green, glabrescent above; whitish green, hairy beneath (scattered stellate hairs), then glaucous and greyish when drying; broad midrib; épidermis papillaire; petiole yellow, hairless or nearly so, 1-3 cm long;
Flowers late winter, early spring; male inflorescence 4-6 cm; female inflorescence 0.5-2 cm bearing 1-3 flowers;
Fruits acorn 1.2-2 cm long; dark brown to black; stalkless or nearly so; singly or paired; enclosed 1/3 by cup; maturing in 1 year; cotyledons distinct;

Bark, twigs and
buds

bark light grey, scaly, thin; twig 1-4 mm thick, reddish, slightly pubescent, becoming hairless and grey, with conspicuous whitish lenticels; buds brown, globose, 2-4 cm; stipules 3-4 mm long, more or less glabrous;
Hardiness zone, habitathardy; all types of soils, including calcareous ones; prefers dry soils;
Miscellaneous-- A. Camus : n° 192 ;
-- section Quercus ; sub-section Prinoideae;
-- Henry E. Muehlenberg (1753-1815) was a botanist from Pennsylvania;
Subspecies and
varieties

-- Q.sentenelensis C.H.Muller 1937
= closely related (if not identical ?), in moist canyons; more than 3 m tall; Mexico (Coahuila); for S. Valencia-A. (2004) it is a synonym of muehlenbergii.

-- It is not easy to separate the shrubby forms of Q.muehlenbergii from Q.prinoides, but the latter bears acorns even on young plants, and layers all around;

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