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  Quercus vesca
Author Kotschy 1862 Eich. Eur. Orient. 36
Synonyms libani var. vesca (Kotschy) Boiss. 1879
Local names
Range Kurdistan; Iran; Syria; Cilicia; Turkish Armenia;
Growth habit 9-10 m tall;
Leaves 5-12 cm; oblong or oboval-oblong, not unlike those of Q.libani ; apex pointed; base cordate; margin with 8-12 pairs of mucronate teeth; dark green, lustrous, glabrous above (or with some scattered stellate hairs); pale green, densely hairy beneath, with short, felted tomentum; 9-13 straight, parallel veins pairs; petiole 1.6 cm long, tomentose;
Flowers female catkin short, with 1-2 flowers;
Fruits acorn 2-2.5 cm long; apex depressed; cup half-round, with small, inconspicuous scales; long and slightly reflected scales towards rim of cup; ripen in 2 years;

Bark, twigs and
buds

bark furrowed; twig densely tomentose;
Hardiness zone, habitat hardy; slow-growing; powdery mildew- resistant;
Miscellaneous -- A. Camus : tome 1, p. 524, n 113 ;
-- Related to
Q. libani, but leaves are hairy beneath and acorn has reflected scales near the rim (features of Q. brantii which shares the same range).
-- May be a hybrid between Q. libani and
Q. brantii ;
-- For some Authors (Govaerts & Frodin), it is a synonym of Q. libani;

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