Common name: Scrub She-oak
Allocasuarina distyla (Vent.) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Casuarina distyla Vent. APNI*
Description: Dioecious shrub 1–3 m high.
Branchlets to 35 cm long; articles occasionally waxy, 10–20 mm long, 0.8–1.5 mm diam.; ridges angular to rounded-convex, occasionally sparsely and minutely pubescent; teeth 6–8, erect, slightly overlapping at least when young, occasionally withering, 0.4–1.2 mm long.
Cones often with sterile apex to 12 mm long, peduncle 2–15 (rarely to 32) mm long; cone body 13–35 (rarely to 50) mm long; bracteoles obtuse to truncate. Samara 4.0–8.0 mm long, very dark brown to black.
Distribution and occurrence: from Port Stephens and Gospers Mtn south to the ranges E of Cooma. Hybrids between this species and A. littoralis are relatively common between Broken Bay and Port Hacking.
in tall heath on sandstone hillsides.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: ?Vic.
Text by K. L. Wilson & L. A. S. Johnson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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