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Fagaceae -- Beech family

    John J. Stransky

    Post oak (Quercus stellata), sometimes called iron oak, is  a medium-sized tree abundant throughout the Southeastern and  South Central United States where it forms pure stands in the  prairie transition area. This slow-growing oak typically occupies  rocky or sandy ridges and dry woodlands with a variety of soils  and is considered drought resistant. The wood is very durable in  contact with soil and used widely for fenceposts, hence, the   name. Due to varying leaf shapes and acorn sizes, several  varieties of post oak have been recognized-sand post oak (Q.  stellata var. margaretta (Ashe) Sarg.), and Delta  post oak (Quercus stellata var. paludosa Sarg.)  are included here.


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John J. Stransky

Source: Silvics of North America


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