Queensland Native Seeds

Allocasuarina littoralis

Scientific NameAllocasuarina littoralis
CategoriesNitrogen FixerShrubTree
Common Name(s)Black She-Oak
FamilyCasuarinaceae

Description

"Usually dioecious tree 5-15 m high or rarely shrub. Bark fissured." (Flora of Australia) Within the Family Casuarinaeae, leaves are modified down to "teeth" observable as whorls. The whorls are located between portions of the branchlets, the portions being referred to as "articles". Allocasuarina littoralis has may have 5-9 teeth at the junctions of the articles however the norm is 6-8 teeth. Photographs below show these morphological features.

Notes

"Grows in woodland and occasionally tall heath, in sandy and other poor soils (cf. A. torulosa )." (Flora of Australia)

Allocasuarina littoralis is a reliable producer of seed although too frequent burning of forest areas may severely limit the density of stands and has hampered our efforts in places. The shape and size of the cones is quite variable.

Historical Notes

Distribution

"Occurs from Cape York, Qld, S along coast and adjoining tablelands to the Otway Ra., Vic., and down the E coast of Tas. to S of Hobart." (Flora of Australia)

Distribution Map | Allocasuarina littoralis | Queensland Native Seeds

Allocasuarina littoralis | fruit | Queensland Native Seeds
Allocasuarina littoralis | fruit, phyllodes | Queensland Native Seeds
Allocasuarina littoralis | bark | Queensland Native Seeds
Allocasuarina littoralis | seed | Queensland Native Seeds

References and Related Links

Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [Date Accessed: 25th Sept 2019] http://www.ausflora.org.au

https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Allocasuarina%20littoralis