Common name: Dwarf She-oak
Allocasuarina nana (Sieber ex Spreng.) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Casuarina nana Sieber ex Spreng. APNI*
Description: Low spreading shrub, 05–2 m high, usually dioecious.
Branchlets to 8 cm long; articles often somewhat waxy, with pubescent furrows, 5–6 mm long, 0.5–0.8 mm diam.; ridges very slightly rounded-convex; teeth 5 or 6 (rarely 4), erect, not overlapping, not withering, 0.3–0.6 mm long.
Cones of smooth outline and tessellated surface because of thick usually obtuse-topped bracteoles and protuberances; cone body 14–24 mm long, 10–15 mm diam.; bracteoles scarcely protruding beyond cone body, divided into 2 larger and 3 (rarely 5) smaller pyramidal bodies. Samara 4.0–6.0 mm long, very dark reb-brown to black.
Distribution and occurrence: Coast and tablelands south from Cowan and Upper Cudgegong River.
In heath on sandstone, exposed situations such as ridges on the eastern highlands.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by K. L. Wilson & L. A. S. Johnson (1990); edited KL Wilson (Feb 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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