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Net-leaf Oak

Quercus rugosa

Net-leaf Oak, Quercus rugosa, © by Michael Plagens

In Madera Canyon, Sta. Rita Mts., Arizona, USA. 10 Sept. 2010.

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TREE: Medium-sized tree with crooked trunk and spreading branches. Typically, mature trees are mostly less than 14 m tall.

FLOWERS: Greenish-yellow flowers are small and in many-flowered, pendulous catkin-like spikes.

LEAVES: Evergreen leaves are soft textured due to abundant hairs. The undersides of the leaves have very prominent raised veins that form intricate net pattern. The leaf shape is oval to oblong and the margins are slightly uneven with a few shallow, prickle-tipped teeth.

RANGE:Net-leaf Oaks are found in southern Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas. Also northern Sonora. They tend to occur in deep canyons where there is additional moisture and deeper soils.

FRUIT: Acorns.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Fagaceae -- Oak Family

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