Quercus depressipes

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Quercus depressipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Section: Quercus
Species: Q. depressipes
Binomial name
Quercus depressipes
Trel. 1924
Synonyms[1][2]
  • Quercus bocoynensis C.H.Mull.
  • Quercus oblongifolia var. pallidinervis Trel.

Quercus depressipes (also called depressed oak[2] and Davis Mountain oak[3]) is a species of plant in the Fagaceae family. It is found in Mexico and the United States.[3][4]

Range[edit]

Quercus depressipes is found on mountainous grassy slopes, at elevations of 2100–2600 meters (7000–8700 feet) above sea level. Its primary habitat is in the Mexican high deserts, in the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo León, and Zacatecas. In the United States, Q. depressipes has been found only in the Davis Mountains in western Texas, particularly on Mount Livermore.[2]

Other oaks found in the Davis Mountains include the Emory Oak (Quercus emoryi) and Gray Oak (Quercus grisea)[5]

Biologists do not have enough information to determine whether Q. depressipes is thriving or threatened.[3]

Description[edit]

Quercus depressipes is a type of live oak. It is a shrubby evergreen, growing only one meter (40 inches) tall, with leathery oval leaves. Its acorns are small, paired, measuring 0.7 cm to 1.5 cm (0.3-0.6 inches). The cap partially encloses the nut, covering one quarter to one half of the surface.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Plant List". Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Quercus depressipes in Flora of North America @ efloras.org". www.efloras.org. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  3. ^ a b c Nixon, K.; et al. "Quercus depressipes (Davis Mountain Oak)". IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  4. ^ SEINet, Southwestern biodiversity, Arizona chapter
  5. ^ "Davis Mountains State Park: Nature". Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.