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OVERCUP OAK
Also called the Swamp White Oak, Swamp Post Oak, and Water White Oak
Classification
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Kingdom: Plante
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopisda
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus lyrata Walt.
Species: Overcup Oak
Shape, Form, Type
~The Overcup Oak
grows slowly in
lightly packed soil.
~The
Overcup
Oak’s shape
is often
referred to
as round
~At a mature
height, it extends
between 45-65
feet high
~At mature spread,
it reaches between
35-40 feet across
Figure 1
Bark
The bark of a common
Overcup Oak is light brown
and shaped in long, almost
rectangular pieces. Some bend
outward toward the end of the
piece of bark and come away
from the tree itself.
Figure 2
Twig
~The petioles of a common
Overcup oak are short, and the
leaves sprout close to the stem.
~There are 3-4 buds on the end
of each stem and buds are
usually light brown or green
~The stem itself is a light brown
that, when healthy, if scratched
is green underneath
Leaf
~The Overcup Oak has alternating simple
leaves that normally grown 6-10 inches
long
~The underneath of the leaf is white in
color and has a hairy texture
~Leaves have 5 to 9 lobes
Bud, Flower, and Fruit
~The
flowers are
string-like
and green.
They grow
in clumps
Figure 5
Figure 6
and hang
off the
~The buds are found at the
stem
Figure 1 and grow
beginning of the petiole
in clusters
~Because
the Overcup
is an Oak, it
produces a
type of
acorn with
upward
toothed
casing and
dark brown
underneath
the lighter
brown top
area.
Habitat and Range
~The Overcup Oak is found in
several states within the US. The
population of these trees is
concentrated mostly in the
southeast region of the country.
~The Overcup Oak grows in low
lying wetlands. Their roots
prosper the most in clay-like soils
and loosely packed ground.
Figure 7
~The Overcup Oak thrives in
temperatures ranging from 45°
to 82°F
Uses
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Some Herbalists believe the Overcup Oak to have
healing properties. The bark only can be used to
treat fevers, dysentery, bleeding gums and sore
throat.
Also, bruised leaves my be used to heal wounds.
Work Cited: Text
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1. 2010. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=QULY
2. 2010. Quercus lyrata Walt. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/quercus/lyrata.htm
3. 2010. Nature Hills Nursery. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.naturehills.com/product/overcup_oak.aspx
4. 2010. Tree Identification! Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://whttp://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/q/wquly-flinflor32542.jpgww.thejump.net/hunting/plant-id/overcup-oak.htm
5. 2010. Florida Forest Trees. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/4h/Overcup_oak/overcoak.htm
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Work Cited: Images
Figure 1: Distant image of a Overcup Oak tree.
2010. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/dbpages/images/94cc.jpg
Figure 2: Close up of Overcup Oak bark.
2010. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/q/wquly--br30351.jpg
Figure 3: Overcup Oak Twig.
2010. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/q/wquly--tw33518.jpg
Figure 4: Overcup Oak leaf.
2010. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.thejump.net/hunting/plant-id/q-lyrata-overcup-oak.jpg
Figure 5: Overcup Oak flower.
2010. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/q/wquly--flinflor32542.jpg
Figure 6: Overcup Oak fruit.
2010. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010
http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/q/wquly--fr30347.jpg
Figure 7: Overcup oak range and habitat.
2010. Date Retrieved: 6/22/2010

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