Deciduous shrub or small tree to 6 m with greyish, rather smooth bark and rounded crown; young shoots densely yellowish-brown tomentose.Buds ovoid, c. 4 mm, tomentose. Leaves distributed over shoots, ±regularly ovate-oblong, 6-10 x 3-6 cm, cordate, ± regularly serrate with 8-14 pairs of acuminate scarcely aristate teeth; intercalary veins absent; upper surface dull green with numerous small dendroid-stellate hairs, lower pale yellowish-brown, densely stellate-tomentose; petiole 0.5-2 cm. Peduncle nearly absent, to 5 mm, sturdy. Fruit maturing in second year. Cupule hemispherical, c. 25-30 mm diam., densely pubescent; scales broadly rhomboid, uppermost much elongated, often filiform, spreading-recurved; acorn ± included to c. 1/3 exserted, apically ± convex. Fr. 8-9. Forming pure communities, with other Quercus species , with Pinus brutia, Styrax, Paliurus, often on limestone slopes, 350-1700 m.
Syrian Desert, N. Iraq, W. & S. Iran. Ir.-Tur. element.