Here in the south midlands, and over the south of Britain generally, the commonest Quercus is the Pedunculate Oak, Quercus robur. The word 'pedunculate' refers to the long slender stalk - peduncle - upon which the acorns grow. It is found on deeper, often wettish, neutral to alkaline soils, and is found across Europe to the Caucasus and beyond.
Pedunculate Oak. The acorn is situated on a slender stalk. Kentle
Wood, Daventry. 29 October, 2016
It will surprise no one to find that the hybrid Quercus robur x Q. petraea (Q. x rosacea) can be quite frequent where their ranges overlap.
The Turkey Oak, Quercus cerris, can be instantly recognised when in fruit by the long scales on the cup.
Turkey Oak in the grounds of Danetre Hospital, Daventry.
26 October, 2016
|The same tree, showing the acorn...|