Burr Acorn

November 1, 2013

Burr Acorn

Acorns from Burr oaks are large.

Like all acorns, their eventual size is determined by a number of factors–the temperature, the amount of rainfall leading up to a crop, etc.–, but the acorns of the Burr oak are so large that they actually named the tree; Quercus macrocarpa literally means “large fruit.”

(This acorn in particular was scooped up under a Burr oak on Austin’s East Side.)

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  1. […] (This acorn in particular was scooped up under a Burr oak on Austin’s East Side. See it fully clothed.) […]

  2. […] Burr acorns are massive acorns that contain massive quantities of acorn meat. Their hats (technically “cupules”) are similarly large. Unlike the acorn meat [after a bit of treatment], the hats are entirely inedible. These hairy, scaley coverings are composed of cellulose–though they are sometimes consumed by animals with hardier digestive systems. […]

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