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Quercus skinneri
Quercus skinneri is a Central American oak, distinguished by the large size of its fruit.

Checking Out the Oaks in Chiriquí

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Roderick Cameron

Published May 2017 in International Oaks No. 28: 201–212

Introduction

In October 2016 I was in Panama for a couple of weekends and spent most of the time there looking for oaks. Panama is not precisely a hot spot for Quercus. It is at the southern end of the range, and other Central American countries boast more species (e.g., Guatemala), but I chose it as a destination because I could fit it into a business trip going from home in Uruguay to New York, via Copa Airlines, the Panamanian airline, with extended layovers in Panama City.

References

IUCN. Oaks of the Americas Species List. International Oak Society website. Accessed January 28, 2017. http://www.internationaloaksociety.org/content/oak-red-listing-project-update

Le Hardÿ de Beaulieu, A., and T. Lamant. 2nd ed. 2010. Guide illustré des Chênes. Geer, Belgique: Edilens.

Muller, C.H. 1942. The Central American Species of Quercus. Washington: United States Dept. of Agriculture.

Oak Name Checklist. Accessed January 28, 2017. http://www.oaknames.org/

Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Accessed January 28, 2017. http://www.stri.si.edu/

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Accessed January 28, 2017. http://apps.kew.org/