Casuarina obesa Miq.

Swamp Oak

Large tree to 30 m or so in the wild. Bark finely fissured. Leaf teeth mostly 12-16 with extended points, more or less erect on new shoots. Male flowers prolific at ends of branches in spikes. Fruit about 1.5 cm long, roundish with a flat top, grey and hairy; seed 3-5 mm long.

Qld, Vic, WA

Grows naturally in swampy areas often near brackish water or salt lakes, and sometimes on sand dunes.

This species may be propagated from cuttings.

Flat-topped fruit; when dried the segments are widest at the tip. Considered closely related to C. glauca from Qld and NSW, which has long teeth that are bent backwards on the young shoots and is sometimes cultivated. C. equisetifolia L., Coast She-oak, which has hairy branchlets, is occasionally cultivated in warmer districts.

SA: Adelaide Botanic Garden and as a street tree in Adelaide. ACT: Civic Centre (City Walk). NSW: Sydney (Centennial Park).

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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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Casuarinaceae
genus        Casuarina L.