Queensland Native Seeds

Casuarina cristata

Scientific NameCasuarina cristata
CategoriesTree
Common Name(s)Belah
FamilyCasuarinaceae

Description

"Tree 10-20 m high, frequently producing suckers. Bark finely fissured or scaly, grey-brown."  (Flora of Australia)

All Casuarina spp. are dioecious except C. equisetifolia.

Notes

Within the Family Casuarinaceae, 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". Casuarina cristata has 8-12 teeth at the junctions of the articles. Photographs below show these morphological features.

Usually found on heavy soils.

Seed collection in scale from this species requires lopping of branches and handling of that material on to drying tarps. Field drying is far more efficient if at all possible and usually results in less cleaning later. Branchlets which are reduced down to articles in the pre-cleaning material can be difficult to seperate without appropriate machinery.

Historical Notes

Distribution

"Occurs from Clermont, Qld, S to Temora, N.S.W. Some intergradation with C. pauper occurs in the area from Bourke to W of Condobolin, N.S.W." (Flora of Australia)

Distribution Map | Casuarina cristata | Queensland Native Seeds

Casuarina cristata | fruit | Queensland Native Seeds
Casuarina cristata | habit | Queensland Native Seeds
Casuarina cristata | juvenile | Queensland Native Seeds
Casuarina cristata | trunk | Queensland Native Seeds
Casuarina cristata | bark | Queensland Native Seeds
Casuarina cristata | harvested seed | Queensland Native Seeds
Casuarina cristata | male inflorescence | Queensland Native Seeds

References and Related Links

Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [Date Accessed: Nov 5, 2019] http://www.ausflora.org.au

https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Casuarina%20cristata