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Quercus depressipes
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Quercus
Species:
depressipes
Synonyms
  • Quercus bocoynensis C.H.Mull.
  • Quercus oblongifolia var. pallidinervis Trel.

Quercus depressipes (known as depressed oak and Davis Mountain oak) is a species of plant in the family Fagaceae. It is found in North America, primarily Mexico and the United States.

Range

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.

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

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

Description

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.

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