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Boynton's Sand Post Oak (Quercus boyntonii)

Scouting Quercus boyntonii stand along ridge of Double Oak Mountain. Photo courtesy of Huntsville Botanical Garden & APGA.

Photo Credit: Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Fagaceae
  • State: AL, TX
  • Nature Serve ID: 152275
  • Lifeform: Tree, Shrub
  • Categories of Interest: Oaks
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 06/09/2017
Description:

A trailing, rhizomatous, deciduous shrub, up to 3 m tall, with glossy, more-or-less oblong leaves that taper toward the base and are shallowly 3-5 lobed at the tip. (NatureServe 2018)

Where is Boynton's Sand Post Oak (Quercus boyntonii) located in the wild?

Habitat:

In Alabama, this species occurs in sandstone glades.  A really unique habitat that is very arid and supports a lot of endemic species in this area. In addition, this species is also found on sandstone exposed ridges often associated with long leaf pine.  (Hoban et al. 2018)

Distribution:

Quercus boyntonii is found in a few counties around Birmingham, Alabama.  (Hoban et al. 2018)

 

States & Provinces:

Boynton's Sand Post Oak can be found in Alabama, Texas

Which CPC Partners conserve Boynton's Sand Post Oak (Quercus boyntonii)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 10/13/2020
  • Seed Collection

Gardens are a great place to preserve rare species but they are often likely to have low genetic diversity due to two reasons: gardens often get seeds from another garden or they simply collect seeds from the same places other gardens have collected from knowing that it is a good seed source. The purpose of this study is to determine the amount of sampling required to ideally create a living collection. IMLS funded this project to ultimately answer this question for ten species and then compare findings among them . The first question as it pertains to Quercus boyntonii is how much genetic diversity is in ex-situ collections now: (1) Sampled what's in wild: n=246 trees; (2) Sampled ex-situ: n=77 ex-situ (14 gardens) with about half of this is seed collected in 2015. (3) Genotype: about 785 alleles captured.

  • 10/13/2020
  • Genetic Research

The Morton Arboretum seeks to understand how genetic variation is influenced by the environment and human activities in order to develop the best action plan to preserve genetic variation. Genetic diversity is the foundation that any species relies on for adapting to future conditions so no species can persist in the long term especially under rapid environment change or disease without a good genetic base. Gardens are a great place to preserve rare species but they are often likely to have low genetic diversity due to two reasons: gardens often get seeds from another garden or they simply collect seeds from the same places other gardens have collected from knowing that it is a good seed source. The purpose of this study is to determine the amount of sampling required to ideally create a living collection. IMLS funded this project to ultimately answer this question for ten species and then compare findings among them . The first question as it pertains to Quercus boyntonii is how much genetic diversity is in ex-situ collections now: (1) Sampled what's in wild: n=246 trees; (2) Sampled ex-situ: n=77 ex-situ (14 gardens) with about half of this is seed collected in 2015. (3) Genotype: about 785 alleles captured. The second question is whether this process could be improved by means of: (1) Take the wild genetic dataset and use an algorithm and re-sample it; select from that genetic dataset a different number of trees and different number of populations, calculate the genetic diversity in those sets and then conclude how well that sampling would perform. (2) Calculate that if 11 trees were selected from each of 4 populations the same diversity would be achieved as in the current 77 accessions. (3) The main point is while these collections are capturing appreciable amounts of genetic diversity they are not ideal. They could be smaller or they could be larger and capture more genetic diversity. Main messages from this lecture are as follows: (1) Sample more! 50 to 100+ individual trees to conserve genetic variation of rare species. (2) Sample from more rather than fewer maternal accessions! In turn, this can help to mindfully use space and funds and to justify further needs and expeditions. (Hoban et al. 2018)

Elvia Ryan
  • 07/31/2018

The Morton Arboretum seeks to understand how genetic variation is influenced by the environment and human activities in order to develop the best action plan to preserve genetic variation.  Genetic diversity is the foundation that any species relies on for adapting to future conditions so no species can persist in the long term especially under rapid environment change or disease without a good genetic base.  Gardens are a great place to preserve rare species but they are often likely to have low genetic diversity due to two reasons:  gardens often get seeds from another garden or they simply collect seeds from the same places other gardens have collected from knowing that it is a good seed source.  The purpose of this study is to determine the amount of sampling required to ideally create a living collection.  IMLS funded this project to ultimately answer this question for ten species and then compare findings among them .  The first question as it pertains to Quercus boyntonii is how much genetic diversity is in ex-situ collections now:  (1) Sampled what's in wild:  n=246 trees;  (2) Sampled ex-situ:  n=77 ex-situ (14 gardens) with about half of this is seed collected in 2015.  (3)  Genotype:  about 785 alleles captured.  The second question is whether this process could be improved by means of:  (1) Take the wild genetic dataset and use an algorithm and re-sample it; select from that genetic dataset a different number of trees and different number of populations, calculate the genetic diversity in those sets and then conclude how well that sampling would perform.  (2)  Calculate that if 11 trees were selected from each of 4 populations the same diversity would be achieved as in the current 77 accessions.   (3) The main point is while these collections are capturing appreciable amounts of genetic diversity they are not ideal.  They could be smaller or they could be larger and capture more genetic diversity.    Main messages from this lecture are as follows:  (1)  Sample more!  50 to 100+ individual trees to conserve genetic variation of rare species.  (2) Sample from more rather than fewer maternal accessions!  In turn, this can help to mindfully use space and funds and to justify further needs and expeditions.  (Hoban et al. 2018)

Elvia Ryan
  • 07/31/2018

Threats include fire, invasive plant species, urban development, and small population size. (Hoban et al. 2018)

Elvia Ryan
  • 07/25/2018

Currently listed as Critically Endangered. Perhaps may just be Endangered as more individuals have been found but at most a few hundred and definitely less than a thousand individuals left of this species.  (Hoban et al. 2018)

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Nomenclature
Taxon Quercus boyntonii
Authority Beadle
Family Fagaceae
CPC Number 6507
ITIS 195166
USDA QUBO2
Duration Perennial
Common Names Boynton oak | Boynton sand post oak | Boynton's sand post oak | Boynton's oak
Associated Scientific Names Quercus boyntonii | Quercus stellata var. boyntonii
Distribution Quercus boyntonii is found in a few counties around Birmingham, Alabama.  (Hoban et al. 2018)

 
State Rank
State State Rank
Alabama S1
Texas SH
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