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It was a great pleasure for me to be able to write about my...
Gert Fortgens | Feb 15, 2024
Quercus marlipoensis acorns
A new study has analyzed the germination characteristics of...
Website Editor | Feb 15, 2024
Gall on Quercus grahamii
A new species of oak gall wasp has been named in honor of...
Website Editor | Feb 14, 2024

Plant Focus

For this Species Spotlight we train our follow spot on an oak that is quite a star of the quercine scene: Quercus hypoleucoides (stage name...

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New US Postage Stamp Features an Oak

Oak featured on a new US stamp

A new stamp issued by the United States Post Office in August 2023 depicts an oak, though not in a form that most quercophiles would recognize.

Oaks in Shakespeare

Falstaff at Hern's Oak

Shakespeare mentions oaks more than any other tree.

Blue Jays and Oaks by Jay Wright

Blue Jays and Oaks by Jay Wright

Tim Boland brought to our attention an interesting discussion of dispersal of acorns by Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata). The presentation was hosted by the Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) and sponsored and is part of AFO Café, a series of informal science conversations about birds, their habitats, and field biology, with a short update on AFO’s programs. 

A Fagaceae Species That Has Flummoxed Taxonomists


An encounter in Taiwan with a genus in Fagaceae I had never heard of.

Saving Quercus frainetto

Quercus frainetto

A proposal to conserve the name for Hungarian oak

Capitol Oaks

Quercus marilandica and the Capitol

Many oaks have been planted as memorial trees near the Capitol

Oaks on Postage Stamps


It turns out quite a number of countries have issued stamps featuring oaks...

Oaks in Macbeth?


Filmmakers have not shown oaks in their portrayals of Birnam Wood.

Acorn Onomastics

Quercus suber acorn

Spanish has many words related to acorns.

Let’s Not Be Sloppy with Quercus lobbii