This Memorial Day weekend, I am working. Yes, are you jealous of my fun?
I get to stay in and in between I am cataloguing my nuts.
This is the second of the this 3-year project.
I noticed something interesting...
Maybe it is my brain that is fading but I think I should be commended for not losing it while sorting through these nuts.
I call this, The FADING SHEATH:
Chestnut (Castanea sativa) left is fully cupped. The nuts are inside a hairy closed sheath.
Notholithocarpus densiflorus (tan oak) right is a link between the chestnut (genus Castanea) and the oak (genus Quercus) and has a hairy half sheath or cup. They are both members of the Beech Family (Fagacaea), so is the oak.
Quercus trojana, Right! I mean on the left, that is its real name alright, is almost fully cupped!
On the right is Quercus castaneifolia also called Chestnut-leaved Oak.
Swamp Chestnut Oak on the left is also called Quercus michauxii
while the Chestnut Oak on the right is called Quercus prinus.
Quercus infectoria , also called Quercus lusitanica has polymorphous leaves
and huge nut galls
and a half cup for the elongated nut.
(Polymorphous - assuming different shapes.)
Okay, so what was the purpose of this post?