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Quercus minima (Sargent) Small. Subgenus: Quercus. Section: Virentes. Dwarf Live Oak; Runner Oak. Phen: Apr; Sep-Nov (of the same year). Hab: Florida dry prairies, dry to wet pine flatwoods, coastal fringe sandhills, pine rocklands. Dist: Se. NC (New Hanover County) south to s. FL, west to s. MS.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: This is one of the lowest-growing oak species in our flora, flowering and fruiting in often dense, geoxylic stands in dry-mesic, fire-prone habitats. Along with Aristida beyrichiana and Serenoa repens, it is one of the co-dominant species in Florida dry prairies.

Synonymy: = Fl2, FNA3, K1, K3, K4, S, S13, WH3; = n/a – RAB; = Quercus virens Aiton var. dentata Chapm.

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 9

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Quercus minima, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla County, Florida 3 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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