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Emory Oak

Quercus emoryi

Quercus emoryi photo © by Michael Plagens

This Emory Oak was found in a deep, shady portion of Peralta Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Arizona. This image is hosted at high resolution Wikipedia

TREE: A medium sized tree with dark bark with verticle and horizonal fissures.

LEAVES: Dark green, shiny leaves are wavy edged and have fairly sharp points.

RANGE: Upper Sonoran Desert only in deep canyons; much more widespread at higher elevations in Arizona (Chaparral and Encinal Vegetation types).

FLOWERS: Catkins of small petalless flowers.

FRUIT: Acorns mature in one season, have a scaly cup which is hairy inside and out.

Fagaceae -- Oak Family

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