2021 Chris Leslie 2020 Susan McDougall 2005 Dieter Wilken 2020 David Greenberger 2020 David Greenberger 2021 Chris Leslie 2020 Susan McDougall 2023 Ron Vanderhoff 2014 Steve Matson 2001 Tony Morosco 2015 Keir Morse
Quercus pacifica is a shrub that is native to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).
[Wikipedia] Description, Distribution, Threats: Quercus pacifica is a shrub or a small tree growing up to 5 meters (16 feet) in height, or occasionally taller.
The leaves are roughly oval in shape and edged with pointed teeth. The green blades are up to 4 centimeters long by 4 cm wide. They have shiny upper surfaces and waxy, hairy, glandular undersides.
The acorn has a cap up to 2 cm wide and a nut measuring 2 or 3 cm long.
Acorn cap remaining on Q. pacifica
This oak often produces a stable hybrid with Quercus lobata, that has been named Quercus × macdonaldii.
It is endemic to the Channel Islands of California, where it is known from the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and Santa Catalina. The islands of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa are part of Channel Islands National Park.
Though limited to three islands, it is not uncommon there, occurring in grassland, chaparral, oak woodlands, forest, and other habitat. It is the dominant oak in many areas on Catalina Island. It was described as a new species in 1994 from a specimen collected on Santa Cruz Island. More than a century earlier, the same plant was described as a variety of Quercus dumosa; the 1994 name is nevertheless the correct name for the plant when recognized as a species because names hold priority status only within a given rank.
This oak species is threatened by a pathogenic honey fungus (Armillaria sp.), which has been noted to infect trees already stressed by the activity of feral herbivores, including goats and pigs.
A new species of fungus was discovered growing in oak galls on this oak species and was named Penicillium cecidicola in 2004. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)
/app/up/entry/359/th/107714.jpg:!/app/up/entry/128/th/38407.jpg:!0000 0000 0105 1073:!/app/up/entry/159/th/47700.jpg:!/app/up/entry/158/th/47699.jpg:!/app/up/entry/359/th/107715.jpg:!/app/up/entry/128/th/38409.jpg:!/app/up/io/380/th/io114096-0.jpg:!0000 0000 0514 0962:!0000 0000 0901 0017:!0000 0000 1115 1542:!
2021 Chris Leslie:!2020 Susan McDougall:!2005 Dieter Wilken:!2020 David Greenberger:!2020 David Greenberger:!2021 Chris Leslie:!2020 Susan McDougall:!2023 Ron Vanderhoff:!2014 Steve Matson:!2001 Tony Morosco:!2015 Keir Morse:!
Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by
public and private institutions and individuals.
[web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California:The Calflora Database
[a non-profit organization].Available: