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Acorns of the Kermes Oak

Quercus coccifera


The acorns are green at first and ripen to a deep red in December before dropping out of the cups when the skin splits. Kerrnes means red.
This area has very poor soil and is arid for much of the year but they seem to thrive in these conditions,


Limestone outcrop in foothills of los Serranos mountains.

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Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

The photo with the lady beetle is nice to show a size comparison

AshleyT a year ago

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I don't think there is any connection except the name kermes. This Kermes Oak is restricted to the western Mediterranean region of Europe. Kermes is simply a desriptive name for something red or crimson in colour.

LaurenZarate a year ago

So this is the Oak the Kermes Scale feeds on?!

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 39.68, Long: -0.67

Spotted on Nov 29, 2018
Submitted on Dec 2, 2018

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