running oak Fagaceae Quercus minima
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen or nearly so, leathery, highly variable in size and shape, 1 to 3 inches long, obovate, oblong or lanceolate, margins entire, coarsely serrated or bristle-tipped lobed especially near tip, shiny green above, lower surface usually pubescent.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males are slender yellow-green catkins 2 to 3 inches long; females are very small, singly or in pairs in leaf axils, early spring with the leaves.
Fruit:Acorn, 1 inch long, rounded at base, reddish brown; scaly, tapering cap covers 1/3 of acorn, matures in 1 season.
Twig:Slender, greenish brown, glabrous, short round buds.
Form:A small, multi-stemmed shrub that spreads with underground runners, may reach up to 3 feet tall.