Quercus elliottii

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Quercus elliottii
Quercus pumila acorns PH 3 yr plot 2015.jpg
Photo by Kevin Robertson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Tracheophyta- Vascular plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Species: Q.elliotii
Binomial name
Quercus elliotii
Quer elli dist.jpg
Natural range of Quercus elliotii from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Running oak

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Quercus pumila Walter


A description of Quercus elliottii is provided in The Flora of North America.




Quercus elliotii has been found in pine flatwoods, longleaf pine-oak stands, longleaf pine-wiregrass, open pinelands, and upland pinelands.[1][2] It is also found in disturbed areas including along roadsides, frequently burned areas, and along fences. It responds negatively to soil disturbance by clearcutting and chopping in North Florida flatwoods forests.[3]

Associated species: Sabatia, Q. minima, and Cynontonum.[1]


Quercus elliottii has been observed flowering from March to April.[4]

Fire ecology

Populations of Quercus elliottii have been known to persist through repeated annual burns.[5][6]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Florida State University Herbarium Database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: May 2021. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, Angus Gholson, Robert K. Godfrey, H. Kurz, J. B. Nelson, N. Summerlin. States and counties: Florida: Gulf, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla.
  2. Ostertag, T.E., and K.M. Robertson. 2007. A comparison of native versus old-field vegetation in upland pinelands managed with frequent fire, South Georgia, USA. Pages 109–120 in R.E. Masters and K.E.M. Galley (eds.). Proceedings of the 23rd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in Grassland and Shrubland Ecosystems.
  3. Moore, W.H., B.F. Swindel, and W.S. Terry. (1982). Vegetative Response to Clearcutting and Chopping in a North Florida Flatwoods Forest. Journal of Range Management 35(2):214-218.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 19 MAY 2021
  5. Robertson, K.M. Unpublished data collected from Pebble Hill Fire Plots, Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia.
  6. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.