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Chinkapin Oak

Quercus muhlenbergii • Beech family (Fagaceae)

The Chinkapin Oak, sometimes spelled Chinquapin Oak, bears the species name of German-American botanist Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815). Its acorns are considered especially sweet and edible, and were a staple of the Native American diet. The Chinkapin's sawtooth leaves resemble other members of the Beech family, such as the Allegheny Chinquapin and American Beech, but can be easily distinguished by the fact that it produces acorns rather than chestnut-like fruit.

The Chinkapin Oak is relatively uncommon, but can been found in Central Texas, particularly the Lost Maples State Natural Area. It is deciduous and a member of the White Oak group.