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  Quercus griffithii
Author Hook.f. & Thomson ex Miq.1864 Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 1: 104
Synonyms aliena Skan not Bl.
aliena var. griffithii (Hook. & Thom.) Schottky 1912
Local names
Range India, (NE and Sikkim); China (Guizhou, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan); Laos; Vietnam; Myanmar; North Thailand; Sri Lanka; 700 m to 3200 m;
Growth habit usually 4-8 m, hardly more;
Leaves 10-20 x 4-10 cm; leathery; obovate to obovate-oblong; apex pointed or shortly acuminate; base narrowly rounded or sub-cordate, or cuneate ; coarsely toothed (8-15 pairs of teeth); glabrous, shiny dark green above; light green, remotely shortly stellate tomentose beneath; 12-1 evident, parallel vein pairs, at an angle of 42° with midrib; petiole pubescent 5-10 mm long, thick;
Flowers male yellowish, on drooping catkins 5-12 cm long, with 8-12 stamens; female crowded at end of twigs;
Fruits acorn 1.2-1.4 cm long, 0.8-1.2 cm wide; nearly stalkless; mucronate, glabrous, in groups from 1 to 3; narrow, convex basal scar; enclosed 1/3 or 1/2 by cup; cup scaly, half-round, 1.4 cm in diameter, scales pubescent, brownish grey, slightly appressed; maturing in 1 year;

Bark, twigs and
buds

bark ash grey, smooth though warty, furrowed; young twigs with rusty pubescence, becoming glabrous; stipules linear, hairy, 1.3 cm long;
Hardiness zone, habitat said to be hardy zone 6, but usually suffers in winter; all types of soils; rather fast growing;
Miscellaneous -- A.Camus : tome 2, p. 123, n° 143;
-- Sub-genus Quercus, Section Quercus, Series Roburoid;
-- Closely related to
Q.aliena var. acutiserrata; (synonym for some Authors...)

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