Quercus velutina Lam.  
Family: Fagaceae
black oak
[Quercus tinctoria W.Bartram, Quercus velutina f. missouriensis Lam., Quercus velutina var. missouriensis Lam.]
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Michael Clayton  
Etymology: Quercus: Latin for oak
Plants: perennial, deciduous tree to 80' tall; dark brown to black, deeply furrowed bark often with ridges broken into uneven blocks, inner bark yellow or orange
Leaves: oval to obovate in outline on a long stalk, unequal base blunt to slightly pointed, edges with 5-9 deep lobes and 15-50 sharp points; underside pale green, upper side shiny, dark green
Flowers: oval to elliptic, terminal buds obviously 5-angled in cross section; blooms in spring
Fruits: acorns biennial, cup- to turban-shaped cup covering 1/2 of the nut; nut roundish to oval
Habitat: dry; slopes, uplands, sandy lowlands, terraces
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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