Quercus ilicifolia

Family (Traditional)Fagaceae
Species:Quercus ilicifolia Wangenh.
Common NameBear Oak
Growth Habittree
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Woody; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: tree; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Rank: spiral; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: pinnate; Leaflet Margins: lobed; Leaflet Number: 0; Anther Type: Too short to tell; Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Acorn; Fruit Type: Nut; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Inflorescence Position: axillary; Inflorescence Types: solitary; Inflorescence Types: spike; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: No; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoecious; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 7
StatusNative; KY[SH] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Davidson (TN), Grundy (TN), Hamilton (TN), Polk (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: MTSU, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1990 - 1990

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
UCHT009674 Hamilton Tennessee
Quercus ilicifolia
UCHT009673 Polk Tennessee
Quercus ilicifolia
MTSU009792 Davidson Tennessee Becky Ivey
Quercus ilicifolia
MTSU009793 Grundy Tennessee 15 Sep 1990 Carolyn Ridner
Quercus ilicifolia
UCHT009672 Hamilton Tennessee
Quercus ilicifolia
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