Quercus intricata

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Quercus intricata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Subgenus: Quercus subg. Quercus
Section: Quercus sect. Quercus
Species: Q. intricata
Binomial name
Quercus intricata
  • Quercus microphylla var. crispata A. DC.
  • Quercus intricata Trel.
  • Quercus intricata f. angusta Trel.
  • Quercus intricata f. erratica Trel.
  • Quercus intricata f. ovata Trel.

Quercus intricata, common name dwarf oak,[3] intricate oak[4] or Coahuila scrub oak, is a plant species native to northern Mexico and western Texas.


It is common in mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert, in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, Durango, and Zacatecas. In the US, it has been reported from only two sites: one in the Chisos Mountains inside Big Bend National Park, and the other near Eagle Peak 15 miles SW of Van Horn.

The species prefers open chaparral and woodlands, often on slopes.[4][5]


Quercus intricata is an evergreen shrub that reproduces vegetatively, producing large colonies.

Leaves are thick, leathery, usually wavy, oblong to ovate, up to 25 mm (1 inch) long. The upper side of the leaf is green with scattered clumps of small curly hairs; the underside appears white or brown because of a thick coat of curly hairs.[4][6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Quercus intricata". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  2. ^ "Quercus intricata". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – via The Plant List.
  3. ^ "Quercus intricata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Nixon, Kevin C. (1997). "Quercus intricata". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee. Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). 3. New York and Oxford – via eFloras.org, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  5. ^ CONABIO. 2009. Catálogo taxonómico de especies de México. 1. In Capital Nat. México. CONABIO, Mexico D.F..
  6. ^ Trelease, William. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 23(2): 185–186. 1922.
  7. ^ Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas i–xv, 1–1881. The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.
  8. ^ Oaks of the World

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