Casuarina L.


Latin casuarinus—cassowary, referring to the resemblance of the foliage to the feathers of the cassowary.

See key to genera for differences from Allocasuarina. Seed short-lived (cf. Allocasuarina)


Once a source of timber.

Number of leaf teeth at the leaf joints; shape, size and structure of the cone valves; length of male flower spikes.

17 species from SE Asia, Malesia, Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Australia, 6 species widespread in Australia, mostly on relatively fertile soils.

Johnson (1982), Wilson & Johnson (1989).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Casuarinaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Casuarinaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Casuarina cunninghamiana Miq.
species         Casuarina obesa Miq.