Quercus macrolepis

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Valonia oak
Quercia vallonea Tricase 3.JPG
Example of Q. macrolepis at Tricase, Lecce
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Section: Cerris
Species: Q. macrolepis
Binomial name
Quercus macrolepis

Quercus ithaburensis
Quercus aegilops

Quercus macrolepis, the Valonia oak,[1] is a tree in the family Fagaceae. It used to be considered a subspecies of Quercus ithaburensis or a hybrid of Quercus libani. It appears to be closely related to Quercus brantii but with cupscales less curved and the cup covering almost all the fruit with sunken apex and shorter petiole.[2]

Geographical range[edit]

It is found in the Balkans, and in the southern and eastern Mediterranean, including the Greek Islands, Turkey, Israel, and Morocco.


Quercus ithaburensis ssp. macrolepis

The cups, known as valonia, are used for tanning and dyeing as are the unripe acorns called camata or camatina. The ripe acorns are eaten raw or boiled.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Society for Valonia Oak website Archived June 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Jean-Louis Hélardot's website Oaks of the world, Sept. 2016
  3. ^ Qercus aegilops on food.oregonstate.edu Archived July 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.