Silverleaf oak: Quercus hypoleucoides

Overview of Querrcus hypoleucoides, commonly called silverleaf or whiteleaf oak, from a hike on Gila National Forest road 157S, photographed on 4 January 2007. This lovely oak species is evergreen and is easily distinguished by the whitish, hairy underside of the leaves. As Carter (1997) notes, the species name, hypleucoides means "white underneath."
Overview of <em>Querrcus hypoleucoides</em>, commonly called silverleaf or whiteleaf oak, from a hike on Gila National Forest road 157S.
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Close-up of <em>Querrcus hypoleucoides</em> leaves, from a hike on Gila National Forest road 157S, photographed on 4 January 2007.
Close-up of Querrcus hypoleucoides leaves, from a hike on Gila National Forest road 157S, photographed on 4 January 2007. Note the the leathery nature of the leaves which are long and lanceolate in shape. You might not recognize this as an oak at first, but a search of the branches or the ground beneath will reveal the presence of the telltale acorns.
Close-up of Querrcus hypoleucoides leaf backs, from a hike on Gila National Forest road 157S, photographed on 4 January 2007. Note the whitish, hairy underside of the leaf and the rolled under nature of the leaf margins.
Close-up of <em>Querrcus hypoleucoides</em> leaf backs, from a hike on Gila National Forest road 157S, photographed on 4 January 2007.
Close-up of an acorn cup of <em>Querrcus hypoleucoides</em>.
Close-up of an acorn cup of Querrcus hypoleucoides, from a hike on Gila National Forest road 157S, photographed on 4 January 2007.

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Books

Cited references:

Carter, Jack L. 1997. Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico. Boulder, CO: Johnson Books, Distributor.
Common Southwestern Native Plants: An Identification Guide (Paperback) by Jack L. Carter, Martha A. Carter, Donna J. Stevens, Mimbres Press (October 2003)

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