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United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Scrub (Gambel's) Oak

(Quercus gambelii)

 
 
Scrub (Gambel's) Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2020
1. Scrub (Gambel's) Oak Marker
Inscription.  

This diminuative oak of soutwestern foothills, canyons and mountainsides was discovered by and named for William Gambel, an American naturalist who lived from 1821-1849. The Latin genus name, Quercus, represents all oaks and means "beautiful tree".

Scrub Oak, which means "stunted", is one of the 58 species of oaks native to North America and is one of the smallest. It rarely grows higher than 20 feet[.]

Scientists have determined that the growth of Scrub Oak is largely controlled by temperature, not by water and sunlight.
 
Erected by United States Air Force Academy.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 39° 0.419′ N, 104° 53.645′ W. Marker is in United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is along the walking path from the Visitor Center to the Chapel. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: USAF Academy CO 80840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Landscape Fire Ecology (within shouting

Scrub (Gambel's) Oaks and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2020
2. Scrub (Gambel's) Oaks and Marker
distance of this marker); Forest Management (within shouting distance of this marker); Abert's Squirrel (within shouting distance of this marker); Before the Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); An Ancient Geologic Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Fuel Hazard Mitigation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorial Pavilion Roll Call Record Locator Room (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in United States Air Force Academy.
 
More about this marker. Visitors must have an unexpired official photo ID to present to security to access the USAF Academy grounds.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gambel Oak. (Submitted on October 19, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Gambel oak : Quercus gambelii. (Submitted on October 19, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Scrub (Gambel's) Oak Leaves image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2020
3. Scrub (Gambel's) Oak Leaves
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 19, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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