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Quercus frainetto | Bay Area

Even in its fallen state, Quercus frainetto, possesses unique charms. Large, glossy with long, regular lobes, the leaves show this species has membership in an oak subgroup only to be found in Eurasia, called Mesobalanus. This group represents a midpoint between the Cerris subgenus, typified by the eponymous Q. cerris, and the maddeningly-named Quercus subgenus, the white oaks of Eurasia and North America, typified by the English Oak, Q. robur.

Dave Muffly