River she- oak
Casuarina cunninghamiana, Fam. Casuarinaceae
Tree reaching up to 30m high.
|Form or habit:||Large Tree|
No true leaves, leaves reduced to branchlets, branchlets in whorls of 8-10, teeth at the nodes of branchlets.
|Flower description:||Trees are male and female, male flowers are red-brown, cylindrical, on terminal spikes, 3-4cm long, female flowers red, globular spikes on older wood.|
|Fruit description:||Grey, globular cones, 0.7x1.4cm long and 0.4-0.6cm wide.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||Seed consumed by the Australian king parrot, red-winged parrot, pale-headed and crimson rosellas and the sulphur-crested cockatoo. The river she-oak also provides food for the larva of thePernattia exposita moth.|
|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.|