Q is for Quercus

This is my post for the letter Q in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  My theme is plants.

Well, here we are at one of those tricky letters.  Again a botanical name has proved useful.  Having used a tree for H, I am not in the least embarrassed about introducing another here.

Quercus is the botanical name for the oak.  There are several species of oak trees.  Many live for hundreds of years, becoming very wide.  There are some magnificent oak trees at various National Trust properties, as well as in the countryside throughout Britain.  I remember seeing some ancient oaks at Calke Abbey.  The one in the picture has appeared on this blog previously.  It is at Acorn Bank.  Many old oaks become hollow.  I am not aware of any others where the gap has been filled with an old clock mechanism.

Oak tree (Quercus)
Oak tree (Quercus)

It is appropriate that the National Trust has chosen oak leaves as its symbol or logo.

The fruit of the oak is the acorn.  “Great oaks from little acorns grow.”

There are also oak apples.  These, interestingly, are galls produced by an insect.

There are very short posts on Sue’s Trifles for the A to Z in April Challenge.

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7 thoughts on “Q is for Quercus

  1. I never would have known the scientific name for an oak, despite seeing them every day (I can probably name about 20 scientific names total, so that shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. And none of those are for plants, at least that I can think of off of the top of my head).

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