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It is widespread and abundant in the UK; it was introduced here more than 300 years ago.
By mass, about 1.8 pg (picograms = one trillionth of a gram), or about 2 Gbp (1 Gbp = 1 billion base pairs).
Our common ancestor was probably around about 1.6 billion years ago. The present day alga, Chlamydomonas, may have some characteristics of the ancestor.
I should be sequenced because...: I am held in high regard by many European gods; I am considered to be sacred by Zeus and Jupiter, the Greek and Roman gods of thunder.
I am a large and impressive deciduous tree native to south-eastern Europe and Asia Minor – if you look on a map, Turkey is right in the middle of that region.
I can grow to 30m and have dark grey back that, with age, develops deep fissures and plates. A shocking detail: because of my height, I am often the tallest living thing in the landscape but, as a consequence, I am prone to suffer from lighting strikes. My leaves are very distinct …
… as are my acorn cups.
May the gods look down in favour of those who vote for me.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Introduced but naturalised
What's it like where you live?
Native to south-eastern Europe and Asia Minor, so quite warm.
What's your favourite food?
Humus - no, not houmous, although I do come from near Greece! To tell the truth, I like sandy soils.
What's your family life like?
A family of large and impressive trees; some of my cousins were used to make Viking longships ships.
Are you endangered or threatened by anything?
Yes, by the Ministry of Defence.
What's the best thing about you/interesting fact?
Turkey Oak is a host of the Knopper Gall Wasp (Andricus quercuscalicis), which in spring forms small galls within the catkins of the Turkey Oak. The female wasps that develop from these galls then lay eggs within the acorns of Pedunculate Oak (native, aka English Oak) inducing galls to develop and therefore affecting the fertility of the Pedunculate Oak and reducing the vialibilty of the acorns.
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