Arizona Naturalists >>> Sycamore Gallery Flora >>> Fagaceae >>> Quercus gambelii
Photographed by Mike Plagens along Sycamore Creek in the Pine Mountain Wilderness, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 07 June 2009.
Photographed in Pinetop, Navajo Co., Arizona, USA. 15 Aug. 2009.
LEAVES: Winter deciduous, simple leaves have margins with several broad,
rounded lobes. Oaks often represent hybrids between recognized species and as
such the explorer will find wide variation in leaf texture, shape and
pubescence. The leaves in the lower image at left are thicker and darker green
than usual. This can be the result of genetic mixing or else local
environmental influences. Trees growing in hotter exposed locations can have
smaller, thicker leaves, for example.
Fagaceae -- Oak Family
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons