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« Reply #30: June 12, 2011, 10:23:18 am »


That said, I adore digging into critique of this kind when I get a chance to do this much detail.

And it was very helpful, thank you Smiley
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« Reply #31: June 12, 2011, 09:14:59 pm »

That's just one type of oak leaf though... there's like 600 species of oak or something like that.

Sure, but oak leaves all look similar.
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« Reply #32: June 12, 2011, 09:25:54 pm »

Sure, but oak leaves all look similar.

http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/herbarium/trees/quercus_spp_leaves02.jpg

These don't look that similar to me.  A couple of them sure, but not all of them, and that's just 6 of the however many hundreds.
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« Reply #33: June 12, 2011, 09:40:32 pm »

Sure, but oak leaves all look similar.

Many of them have similar enough characteristics that you can point at a tree and go "yeah, that's probably an oak," but there are so many species with so many different biological characteristics, it can help you to go into more detail with each individual type. Similar to how the different types of mint or basil have different physical/energetic properties, the different types of trees follow suit.
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« Reply #34: June 12, 2011, 10:01:36 pm »

Sure, but oak leaves all look similar.

Actually there's a few species of oak that have leaves that look completely different... Gray oak, holly oak, water oak, southern live oak, sawtooth oak, chinese cork oak and a number of others tend to have leaves that look nothing like that.

http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/herbarium/trees/quercus_spp_leaves02.jpg

These don't look that similar to me.  A couple of them sure, but not all of them, and that's just 6 of the however many hundreds.

That is a much better example picture, though like you said, only 6 of the 600 some odd species, the range of shapes are all over the map, you have to take into account other things when identifying a tree as an oak tree, especially with ones that have ovoid leaves with no visible lobes or sinuses. Acorns for example are a good method of identification since only 2 or three species of trees actually produce acorns, and the ones that do produce acorns are related to oak trees, but not all oak trees produce acorns. Another method to help identify oaks is the shape, though some oaks are short little shrubs, so that's not a definite method either. There are trees with similar enough leaves to the examples given that you would more then likely confuse them with oaks.
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« Reply #35: June 13, 2011, 02:15:21 pm »

Let's stick to the topic, shall we?
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