Allocasuarina paludosa (Sieber ex Spreng.) L.A.S.Johnson

Scrub Sheoak

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 6: 77 (1982) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Monoecious or dioecious shrub 0.3–3 m high; penultimate branchlets woody. Bark smooth. Branchlets ascending or curved, to 20 cm long; internodes 5–14 mm long, 0.7–1 mm diam., smooth, usually densely pubescent (rarely glabrous) in furrows; ribs flat or slightly rounded, usually with median groove, occasionally pubescent (but not in groove). Teeth 5–8, erect or spreading, 0.5–0.9 mm long, not overlapping, often withered. Male spikes 10–25 mm long, 7–9 whorls per cm; anther 0.7–1.1 mm long; bracteoles persistent. Cones cylindric to ovoid, longer than broad, sessile or on peduncle to 2 mm long; cone body 10–18(–23) mm long, 7–13 mm diam.; valves in several rows, hardly extending beyond cone body, truncate to obtuse, pyramidal protuberance shorter than bracteole body, truncate, often with minute deciduous mucro. Winged seeds 3–5 mm long, dark brown to black. Flowers all year.

Brid, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread in mostly southern Victoria, possibly also occurs in Little Desert. Grows in heath and on poorly drained soils above swamps and the edge of woodland.

Compared with Allocasuarina pusilla, the branchlet teeth are longer and narrower, and do not overlap at their bases, and the furrows range from glabrous to extremely pubescent (depending on the hairiness of the branchlets, shrubs may appear green or grey, even within a single population).

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: Val Stajsic, 2017-11-29
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Allocasuarina paludosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Allocasuarina paludosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory