Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Water Oak
Quercus nigra
Family: Fagaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2?

Damp or wet soil.

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Mid April to mid May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The twigs, leaves, and usually the buds of water oak are glabrous (without hairs) although occassionally there are tufts of hairs in the vein axils of the lower surface. The bark is dark-gray and smooth when young becoming roughened with ridges. The leaves are cuneate oblong-spathulate, abruptly widened at the end and usually shallowly and irregularly lobed. They have a long cuneate base. It is found in wetlands.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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