Quercus acutissima Carruth.

Bristle-tipped Oak

Deciduous tree to 15 m or so tall. Bark soft and slightly corky, furrowed, grey to black. Leaves lanceolate, mostly 8-15 cm long, 3-6 cm wide, hairless except when young; veins 14-16 (-20) pairs, margin with bristle-tipped shallow triangular teeth; tip pointed, base rounded or tapering gradually. Leaf stalk mostly 0.5-3 cm long. Acorns in 1s or 2s, 1-2 cm long, slightly flatted at the tip, cup scales hairy and spreading, concealing about two thirds of the acorn; stalk short.

Himalaya, China to Japan

Leaves lanceolate like those of the Chestnut, with bristled shallow teeth; most of the acorn enclosed by the cup.

NSW: Mt Tomah (Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, yard). VIC: Ballarat (Lakeview Hospital); Box Hill (Box Hill Gardens, narrow-leaved variant); Beechworth (street tree near swimming pool); Bright (2 street trees in Bakers Gully Rd); East Melbourne (Darling Square 13 m tall in 1983); Emerald (Emerald Lake Park, behind boatshed); North Harcourt (about 40 years old in 1990); Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), Oak Lawn, a herbarium specimen was taken from this tree in 1928).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Fagaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Fagaceae
genus        Quercus L.