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  Quercus nivea
Author King 1889
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Range Borneo ; Malaysia ; to 1000 m;
Growth habit more than 20 m tall; trunk to 0,4 m in diameter; 
Leaves 8-17 x 2.5-7 cm; leathery, thick; elliptic to oblonh; apex acute, acuminate or caudate; base rounded or obtuse, sometimes asymmetrical; margin entire, revolute; shiny, hairless above; pale, glaucous beneath from waxy coat and small stellate hairs; 6-12 pairs of secondary veins parallel, flat both sides, forming an angle of 60-70° with the midrib which is prominent below; petiole slender, deeply furrowed above, stellate tomentose, glabrescent, 2-4 cm long;
Flowers in January-February; male catkins 5-20 cm long, densely stellate tomentose; male flowers solitary or to 3 together, perianth 4-6-lobed, 4-6 stamens; female inflorescences pubescent; pistillate flowers with tomentose perianth, 3-4 styles, ovary subglobose, staminodes often present; 
Fruits acorn obovoid to subglobose, 2 cm in diameter, hairless, apex depressed, base convex; enclosed 1/2 by cup; cup half-round, 1.5 cm in diameter, tapering towards the base, glabrescent, with 4-7 concentric undulate rings; ripe between June and July;

Bark, twigs and
buds

pale grey, very thick bark; annual shoot densely tomentose at first with brownish stellate hairs, subglabrescent, slightly furrowed, with sparse lenticels; stipules linear, acute, deciduous, stellate tomentose, 3-4 mm long;
Hardiness zone, habitat not hardy;
Miscellaneous -- A. Camus : n° 59;
-- Sub-genus Cyclobalanopsis;
-- Section Oidocarpa, sub-section Niveae (Menitsky).
-- Rare species;
-- Closely related to
Q.argentata ;
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