Quercus acerifolia

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Quercus acerifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Section: Lobatae
Species: Q. acerifolia
Binomial name
Quercus acerifolia
(Palmer) Stoynoff & Hess 1990, not Petzold & Kirchner 1864 (the latter name published without description, hence not valid)
Synonyms[1]
  • Quercus shumardii var. acerifolia E.J. Palmer 1927

Quercus acerifolia (also called maple-leaved oak) is a rare North American species of trees in the beech family. It is endemic to the Ozark Mountains of the State of Arkansas in the south-central United States.[2][3]

The epithet acerifolia means "maple-leaved." The venation of the leaves shows them to be technically pinnately 5-lobed but with the two middle lobes larger than the other three. This makes the leaves appear palmately lobed at first glance, similar to many maples leaves. Quercus acerifolia is a tree sometimes reaching a height of 15 meters (50 feet).[4][5]

The species is threatened by habitat loss.[6]

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