Common name: Black Oak, Belah
Casuarina pauper F.Muell. ex L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Casuarina cristata subsp. pauper (Miq.) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Dioecious tree, usually smaller and of poorer form than C. cristata.
Similar to C. cristata but differing in: cones usually persistently rusty-pubescent, cone bracteoles shorter, samara 5.5–7.0 mm long (see also characters in key).
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in the W of the State; also in far SW Queensland, NW Victoria, inland South Australia and southern inland Western Australia.
Usually grows on red-brown soils with light-textured topsoil.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
There is some intergradation between C. pauper and C. cristata from Bourke to west of Condobolin.
Text by K. L. Wilson & L. A. S. Johnson 1990; KL Wilson edited Aug 2007
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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