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1. Chrysolepis chrysophylla (Douglas ex Hooker) Hjelmquist, Bot. Not. Suppl. 2(1): 117. 1948.

Giant golden chinkapin

Castanea chrysophylla Douglas ex Hooker, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 159. 1838; Castanopsis chrysophylla (Douglas ex Hooker) A. de Candolle

Trees or erect shrubs , to 45 m. Bark thick, rough. Twigs densely covered with tight, yellowish, peltate trichomes. Leaves: petiole 5-8 mm. Leaf blade flat or folded upward along midvein, margins entire, apex acute or acuminate, surfaces abaxially usually golden or brownish with dense glandular trichomes. Fruits: cupule yellowish, 20-60 mm thick, densely spiny, surface obscured; nut light brown, (6-)8-12(-15) mm, glabrous, completely enclosed by cupule until maturity.

Varieties 2: only in the flora.

The two varieties intergrade considerably where they are in contact.

1 Leaf apex acute or acuminate; trees or erect shrubs, bark thick, rough. .   1 Chrysolepis chrysophylla
+ Leaf apex obtuse, occasionally somewhat acute; low rhizomatous shrubs, bark thin, smooth.   2 Chrysolepis sempervirens

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