Common name: Coastal She-oak, Horsetail She-oak
Casuarina equisetifolia L. APNI*
Synonyms: Casuarina equisetifolia subsp. APNI*
Description: Monoecious tree 6–12 m high with drooping branchlets.
Articles 7–13 mm long, 0.7–1.0 mm diam., densely hairy at least when young on ridges as well as in furrows; ridges angular to nearly flat (both extremes may be found on the one branchlet), often wrinkled when flattish; teeth erect, c. 0.7 mm long.
Anther 0.6–0.8 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Coast north from Laurieton.The species is widespread along coastlines from Burma to the Pacific Islands.
Grows on rocky headlands on the coast, less often on sand dunes at the back of beaches in N.S.W.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Often planted on sand dunes in Australia and many other countries (e.g. India, Réunion) and as an ornamental tree or source of firewood.
Text by K. L. Wilson & L. A. S. Johnson (1990); edited KL Wilson (Feb 2014; May 2015; Oct 2015)
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. incana|
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