Common name: Swamp She-oak
Allocasuarina paludosa (Sieber ex Spreng.) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Casuarina paludosa Sieber ex Spreng. APNI*
Casuarina distyla var. prostrata Maiden & Betche APNI*
Description: Dioecious or monoecious spreading shrub, 0.3–3 m high; bark smooth, grey.
Plants green or grey depending on hairiness of articles. Branchlets ascending or curved, to 20 cm long; articles usually densely pubescent in furrows; ridges flat or slightly rounded-convex, occasionally pubescent (not in groove); teeth erect or spreading, not overlapping, often withering.
Cones on peduncle 0–2 mm long; cone body 10–18 mm long; bracteoles truncate to obtuse, protuberance often with minute non-persistent mucro. Samara 3.5–5.0 mm long, dark brown or black.
Distribution and occurrence: South from Broken Bay along coast and adjoining tablelands. Also in Vic, Tas, SA.
In heath, or on poorly drained soils above swamps at edge of woodland.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
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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