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Sessile Oak

Quercus petraea

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Fagaceae (Beech)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Male and female catkins are borne on the same trees. Male green hanging catkins. Females are red clusters of bracts which look like flower buds.
Fruit:
A stalkless acorn, up to 3cm in length. This is perhaps the best way to tell the Sessile Oak apart from English Oak. The English Oak has stalked acorns.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. The stalked leaves can help distinguish this tree from English Oak, which has unstalked leaves. The Sessile Oak has 5 to 6 lobes on each side of its leaves.
Maximum Size:
40 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The acorns can be eaten when cooked and the tannin's have been leached out.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Cornish Oak, Durmast Oak, English Brown Oak, Irish Oak, Welsh Oak.
Habitats:
Farmland, mountains, woodland.