Lobdell, Matt, Thompson, PatrickType:
Quercus oglethorpensis (oglethorpe oak) is a species of conservation concern distributed sparsely throughout the Southeastern United States, with small documented populations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Due to the recalcitrant nature of the seeds, traditional seed banking methods are insufficient for ex-situ conservation of the species. The Morton Arboretum and Donald E. Davis Arboretum of Auburn University, two member gardens of the PCN Quercus Curatorial Group partnered to scout and assess populations of the species through the Southeastern United States and collect acorns from fruiting individuals across this range. Chicago Botanic Garden, Starhill Forest Arboretum, The Holden Arboretum, and Moore Farms Botanical Garden have all agreed to accession germplasm acquired during this project, allowing for an effective distribution of ex-situ conservation of the species through living collections.