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  Quercus tarokoensis

Hayata 1918 Icon. Pl. Formosan. 7: 38

Diagnosis here

Local names tai lu ge li ;
Range East Taiwan (Taroko National Park); 400-1300 m; on steep slopes;
Growth habit usually a shrub, but reaches 12 m tall;
Leaves 2-4 x 1.5-2.8 cm; evergreen; narrowly oval; leathery; apex acute to slightly acuminate; base more or less cordate; margin toothed at apical 1/2 to 2/3 (3-5 pairs of spiniform teeth); both faces hairless, but sometimes stellate hairs along midrib above and beneath; 5-10 pairs of secondary veins, inconspicuous above; petiole 3-5 mm long, brown tomentose;
Flowers June-July;
Fruits acorn ovoid or narrowly so, 1.4-1.8 cm long, 0.8-1 cm wide, glabrous; enclosed 1/4 to 1/2 by cup; cup 1-1.2 cm high, 0.7 cm wide, with small, ovate to triangular, appressed, tomentose scales except at tip; small basal scar 3 mm in diameter; maturing the following year in November-December.

Bark, twigs and

bark reddish to grey brown; twigs slender, grey brown pubescent at first, becoming glabrous, with brownish orbicular lenticels;
Hardiness zone, habitat not hardy; prefers calcareous soils;
Miscellaneous -- Belongs to the Sub-Genus Cerris, Section, Ilex, according to Denk & Grimm 2010;
-- Differs from Q. spinosa in having more acute, smaller, thinner and less wrinkled leaves;
-- Close relationship with Q. variabilis, Q. dolicholepis and Q. baronii;

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