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  Quercus airensis
Author Franco & Vasconcelos 1954

coccifera var. tomentosa A.DC. 1864
coccifera f. tomentosa (A.DC.) Coutinho 1888
webbei Amo 1861 nom. nud.

Local names downy-kermes Oak
Range Morocco; Portugal;
Growth habit shrub or small tree
Leaves 1.5-4 cm x 1-3; leathery, evergreen, spiny, flat; oval-oblong to almost lanceolate; both surfaces more or less pubescent, to tomentose (mainly adaxially); trichomes multiradiate, stipitate, branched, with 300-500µm long rays; 5-7 pairs of secondary veins; petiole 1-5 mm long, woolly;
Fruits acorn 1.5-2 mm long, 1-2 mm wide; cup half-round, with free, slightly erected, terete to triangular, rather flat scales; cup enclosing the acorn 1/2 to entirely;

Bark, twigs and

Hardiness zone, habitat
Miscellaneous -- Close to Q. aucheri Jaub. & Spach.
-- Considered in the past as a hybrid between Q. coccifera and Q. rotundifolia, under the name Q. x airensis, but following the change in the taxonomic rank, the taxon hybrid between coccifera ans rotundifolia is now named Q. x eborense (See this word); Q. airensis differs from Q. x eborense in the trichomes of the abaxial face of the leaf..

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