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From: Nicholas Clark
July 7, 2004 03:32
Message ID: 20040707103215.GT784@plum.flirble.org
The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
Abridged slightly from the Wikipedia entry.
Get it now from
(or s/bz2$/gz/ if you really want a 25% larger download.)
coming soon to a CPAN mirror near you soon as
Once it's propagated round the CPAN mirrors I'll make an announcement
Whilst there are quite a few species of trees native to Britain, I wasn't
planning on making a release candidate for each of them. All being well there
won't need to be another release candidate, and the real thing will arrive in
about eight days.
by Nicholas Clark