Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1189

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)

Look for it in seasonally rather deeply & frequently flooded soils of floodplains of Coastal Plain, less commonly in seasonally flooded swamps in Triassic basins in lower Piedmont, and rarely in upland depression swamps of Piedmont (developed over clays weathered from mafic rocks) and Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate, 5-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
Petals absent
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Acorn

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 055-03-005:
Quercus lyrata   FAMILY Fagaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Overcup Oak, Swamp White Oak


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_quly_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_quly_003_lvd

        

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Will Stuart    wil_6989198558_8cecde7cd9

April    Dorchester County    SC

Francis Biedler Forest

The leaves are indeed lyre-shaped. — Will Stuart

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_3

June        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_acorn

September        

Acorns adapted to for dispersal amid floods, the cup surrounding the nut, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

picture of Quercus lyrata, image of Quercus lyrata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_bark

September        

Bark grayish to brown, scaly or with thick scaly ridges or plates, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_lyrata_leaves

September        

Leaf lobes with acute apices; sinuses often both broad and "flat-bottomed", per Weakley's Flora.