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An individual instance of Quercus muehlenbergii (chinquapin oak)
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This tree grows directly in front of the Cohen Building along the edge of the Esplanade.

Quercus muehlenbergii (chinkapin oak), Quercus michauxii (swamp chestnut oak), Quercus bicolor (swamp white oak), and Quercus montana (chestnut oak) have similar leaves but can be distinguished by careful examination as well as by their habitat, bark, and acorns. In the wild, chinkapin and chestnut oaks would be found in uplands, while swamp white and swamp chestnut oaks would be found in wetlands.  Therefore it is most important to be able to distinguish between these pairs.

The tips of the lobes (or large teeth) of chinkapin oak leaves have small glands at their tips.  The glands are best seen using a hand lens. Chestnut oak leaf lobes do not have these glands.  The bark of chinkapin oaks tends to flake off in long plates, while the bark of large chestnut oaks has deep furrows.  When fully ripe, chinkapin oak acorns are small and nearly black with light colored caps. Chestnut oak acorns are more of a chestnut brown, large and somewhat bullet-shaped, and have more conical caps.  Chestnut oaks are also typically found on dry ridge tops and slopes, while chinkapin oaks are found in more moderate conditions.

Chinkapin oak is fairly common in this area, although there are few examples on campus.

This tree is described on p. 96 of The Trees of Vanderbilt.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-963.

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Remarks: Described in the 1994 Trees of Vanderbilt p. 96.


Quercus muehlenbergii


sec. 1993

common name: chinquapin oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-06-13 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14147°, -86.79903°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
bark - of a large tree
bark - of a large tree
twig - orientation of petioles
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leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - showing orientation on twig
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - male
fruit - lateral or general close-up 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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