Coastal she- oak
Casuarina equisetifolia, Fam. Casuarinaceae
Tree to 12m high with weeping grey-green branchlets.
|Form or habit:||Med tree|
Leaves are reduced to branchlets 0.7-1mm thick (no true leaves), whorls 6-8, teeth at nodes of branchlets.
|Flower description:||Monoecious, flower colour due to stamens and styles, rusty male flowers terminal on spikes and red female flowers occur on older wood, flowering period April to June but sporadic.|
|Fruit description:||Brown cones, 1-2 x 1-1.3cm, subglobose to cylindrical shape from June to January.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, coastal dune, littoral rainforest|
|Distribution||Coastal districts of Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory.|
|Food source for:||Seeds consumed by red-tailed black cockatoo, rainbow lorikeet consumes seed, buds, flowers and foilage. Also ecologically important to the larva of thePernattia exposita.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|