Casuarina

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dioecious trees to 15 m high. Bark finely fissured and scaly, grey-brown. Teeth (leaves) in whorls of 9–16, c. 1 mm long. Male inflorescences simple elongate spikes, 6–10 whorls per cm. Female inflorescences on short lateral branchlets differing in appearance from the vegetative branchlets. Cones pedunculate; valves extending well beyond cone body, never greatly thickened, without dorsal protuberance. Winged seeds pale yellow-brown or greyish, dull, glabrous.

17 species in South-east Asia, Malesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, New Caledonia and Australia.

Not usually growing in soils that are severely deficient in nutrients.

Casuarina cunninghamiana is, like C. glauca, grown as a garden or roadside tree and sometimes spreads. It is less inclined to root-sucker than C. glauca and unlike that species, to date, has not been reported as truly naturalised in Victoria.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Casuarinaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-08-10
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fagales
family Casuarinaceae
Higher taxa
genus Casuarina
Subordinate taxa