Quercus prinoides Willd.
Common Name: DWARF CHESTNUT OAK, DWARF CHINQUAPIN OAK
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub

Quercus prinoides male catkins A. A. Reznicek male catkins

Dry sandy hills and prairie-like sites.

Sometimes difficult to distinguish from Q. muehlenbergii, which is often considered a variety of it. Collectors who neglect to record the habit of the plant on their label make determination of herbarium specimens difficult. In the field, young plants of Q. muehlenbergii can be easily distinguished by the absence of the woody rhizomes that characterize the colonial Q. prinoides and by the usual absence of fruit, the true shrubby species Q. prinoides fruiting, of course, when quite short, sometimes at only 5 dm. Hybridizes with Q. alba and doubtless with Q. muehlenbergii.

Locations

Cass County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Montcalm County
Oakland County
St. Joseph County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 12, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1382.