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Quercus castanea (Castanea Oak)

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Viridaeplantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Euphyllophytina
Infraphylum: Radiatopses
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Hamamelididae
Superorder: Faganae
Order: Fagales Family: Fagaceae
Subfamily: Quercoideae
Botanical name: - Quercus castanea.     No common names recorded

Endemic to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador growing at 800 - 2600 m (to 3500 m in Guatemala). Growth habit :2-10 m tall; trunk to 80 cm in diameter; The leaves are 2.5-12 x 1.2-4.5 cm; leathery, stiff; elliptic, oblong or oblanceolate; apex obtuse to pointed, aristate; base subcordate; margin flat or weakly revolute, cartilaginous, with 5-9 pairs of aristate teeth but sometimes entire, or toothed only near apex; green, rough, glabrous above; tomentose beneath with stalked stellate trichomes, at first yellow then whitish grey; epidermis bullate; 7-12 pairs of lateral veins impressed above; petiole light yellow brown 0.3-1(-2) cm long; Its acorns are 1-2 cm, broadly ovoid ; singly or in pairs, on a stout stalk 4-7 mm long; enclosed 1/3 to 1/2 in cup; cup with thin pubescent scales; maturing in 1 year.
Castanea oak timbers were commonly used as timber for floors, furniture, cabinets, and wine barrels,

An oak of the John Goodwin Collection Te Henui.

 

Lat 39 3'34.263" S Long 174 5'36.228" E Datum WGS 84 January

 

Castanea oaks leaves Jamuary


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Castanea oaks trunk