Chinkapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii Engelmann    Synonyms: Chinquapin Oak, Quercus acuminata, Quercus prinoides var. acuminata.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fagales   >   Family Fagaceae   >   Genus Quercus   

Status:

The range of Chinquapin Oak is the eastern United States except in most of the Coastal Plain and in the northern tier of states. It is found mainly in mixed deciduous and pine forests and is most common on limestone and calcareous (that is, alkaline) soils, and is very localized in distribution. It can readily reproduce by sprouts.

Description:

Leaf blade is widest towards the tip and is eathery. The blade has numerous side veins, each ending in a tooth or shallow lobe. These lobes or teeth number 8 to 13 on each side (Brown and Brown, 1972). The upper leaf surface is shiny and dark green, the lower light green with very small hairs. The terminal bud is reddish-brown and sparsely hairy, with a blunt tip. Bark is light gray, thin, and scaly. Acorns mature in one year, as is typical in the White Oak group, and have a small, thin cup with grey pubescence. The cup covers 1/4 to 1/2 of the nut, which is light brown and up to 1 inch long (Stein, et al., 2003).

Where to find:

In Maryland, Chinquapin Oak is uncommon on the Coastal Plain. There is a good stand of mature Chinquapin Oak at the Marsden Tract, C&O National Historical Park, in the Cabin John area of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Relationships:

Host plant to various moth species including the Buck Moth (Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants).

There are 26 records in the project database.

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Chinkapin Oak in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/12/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (7/22/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak leaves in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/12/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (4/21/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (4/21/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/15/2021). Notice the small, thin, gray acorn cups and the brown acorns (c) Jane Hill, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/15/2021). (c) Jane Hill, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Chinkapin Oak growing in Washington Co., Maryland (5/20/2017). Photo by Linda Lewis. (MBP list)


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