Quercus castanea (Castanea Oak)
Order: Fagales Family: Fagaceae
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.
Castanea oaks leaves Jamuary
Castanea oaks trunk