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  Quercus lancifolia
Author Schltdl. & Cham. 1830 Linnaea 5: 78, not Benth. 1840

lancifolia Liebm. ex A.DC 1864
lancifolia var. monocarpa Wenz. 1884
lancifolia f. subintegra Trel. 1924
lancifolia f. pilosicuscula Wenz. 1884
leiophylla A.DC 1864 Diagnosis here

Local names
Range Mexico (Veracruz, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla); Guatemala,; 700 - 2400 m;
Growth habit 4-20 (-35) m, with a trunk 30-50 cm and more in diameter;
Leaves 7-15 x 3-6 cm; mostly oblanceolate, to elliptic, seldom oblong; leathery; apex broadly acuminate, mucronate or not; base cuneate or sometimes rounded; margin slightly thickened, flat or remotely revolute, cartilaginous, crenate or serrate-dentate in apical 1/2, with 3-7 pairs of mucronate teeth sometimes curved towards foliar apex, mucronate or not; adaxially green or grey-green to yellowish-green, lustrous, almost glabrous with some slender, 2-rayed fasciculate, appressed hairs along midvein or at least toward the base; lower face identical to upper one; 10-13 vein pairs, rather straight, prominent on both surfaces; epidermis smooth, not pruinose; petiole hairless or not, 3-8 mm long;
Flowers male inflorescences 4-6 cm, pistillate ones 1-2 cm with 1 or 2 flowers;
Fruits acorn 2-4 cm long, 1.3-2 cm in diameter; mucronate; pale brown; 1-2 on short peduncle; enclosed 1/3 to 1/2 by cup; cup halfround or shallower, 2.5 cm in diameter, with tuberculate, not basally thickened scales, and straight rim; maturing in 1 year;

Bark, twigs and

bark almost smooth, light brown, peeling into thin, flat scales; twigs 1-2.5 mm thick, variably pilose; pale grey lenticels; buds hairless or not, subglobose, 2-3,5 mm long; stipules 4-7 mm long, silky, variably persistent;
Hardiness zone, habitat not quite hardy (zone 9). Montane evergreen forests.
Miscellaneous -- A. Camus : n 292 ;
-- Sub-genus Quercus, Section Quercus, Series Leucomexicanae;
-- Q. lancifolia Benth. (nom. illeg.) = Q. affinis
-- Hybridizes with Q.bumelioides and Q.insignis;

-- Often considered as a synonym of Q. corrugata, which differs in having elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate leaves with 11-18 secondary veins and 8-16 pairs of mucronate teeth on the blade except on the base, fruits are up to 3-4 cm long x 2-2,5 cm wide (See differences HERE)

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