Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Quercus turbinella Greene
(Scrub Live Oak, Desert Scrub Oak)


Family: Fagaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Quercus turbinella is found in most areas at middle elevations. It is typically a shrub and does not commonly grow to the size of a tree. The leaves are toothed on the margins and are generally less than about 3cm long. Quercus turbinella intergrades with many other oak species, and there is a wide variety in degree of dentation, presence of spines, size of the plant, color, etc. Even botanists in the area disagree about whether a particular plant or population of plants is more like Quercus turbinella or Quercus grisea.
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Quercus turbinella, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Knight Mtn., May 9, 2007



Quercus turbinella, growth habit, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Burro Mtns., Hoodoo Canyon, January 17, 2010



Quercus turbinella, closeup of branch, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Burro Mtns., Hoodoo Canyon, January 17, 2010



Quercus turbinella, closeup of adaxial (top) surface of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Burro Mtns., Hoodoo Canyon, January 17, 2010



Quercus turbinella, closeup of abaxial (bottom) surface of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Burro Mtns., Hoodoo Canyon, January 17, 2010


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