Quercus prinoides 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Fagales Fagaceae

Scientific Name: Quercus prinoides
Species Authority: Willd.
Common Name(s):
English Dwarf Chinquapin Oak
Taxonomic Source(s): International Oak Society. Oak Names: Report from the Oak ICRA checklist. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: There remains some debate weather Q. prinodies is distinct from Q. muhlenbergii for most of the century. There is little doubt that strong genetic differences can separate two taxa. The question lies in whether the two should be treated as subspecies or varieties or as separate species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2015-04-23
Assessor(s): Kenny, L. & Wenzell , K.
Reviewer(s): Oldfield, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Kenny, L. & Wenzell , K.
There is no information available on a quantified population size of Q. prinoides, though, because of its widespread distribution, the population size is assumed to be very large. The subpopulations are scattered, but this is not considered significant at present. The species is therefore evaluated as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Quercus prinoides covers most of the eastern and central parts of the United States, though it is thinly spread over much of its range.
Countries occurrence:
Canada (Ontario); United States (Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin)
Upper elevation limit (metres): 500
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: There is no information available on a quantified population size of Q. prinoides, though, because of its widespread distribution, the population size is assumed to be very large. It is described as being "globally secure" by NatureServe.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat consists of dry rocky soils such as sandstone or shale outcrops associated with oak-pine types. It is a fairly small tree reaching a maximum height of 7.6 metres.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no use or trade information for this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species exists in 41 documented and known ex situ sites in botanic gardens and arboreta around the world. This species was listed as Least Concern in the Red List of Oaks (Oldfield and Eastwood 2007).

Citation: Kenny, L. & Wenzell , K. 2015. Quercus prinoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T33897A2839066. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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