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Still at the Lewis and Clark Monument Park, this very low and scrubby oak was growing along a narrow hiking path that leads away from the main (paved) overlook. I am inclined to identify it as the bur oak or mossycup oak, Quercus macrocarpa. I did not think to look for an acorn which would aid the identification, if even one was around from such a young version of this tree. There was an abrupt slope just behind it, so looking very far was out of the question! Bur oak is common in this area and native to eastern Nebraska and most of the eastern United States. It is long lived and tolerant of drought.
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