Scientific Name:
Casuarina cunninghamiana Miq., Nieuwe Verh. Eerste Kl. Kon. Ned. Inst. Wetensch. Amsterdam ser. 2, 13: 56 (1848) – as Cunninghamiana
Vernacular Name(s):
Beefwood; Common river oak; Fire oak; River oak; River she-oak; She-oak

Dioecious, small to large tree up to 20 m high, with branches ± erect to somewhat drooping. Young branchlets glabrous or sparsely hairy, fine (c. 0.66 mm diam.), with as many ± flat faces as lf-teeth, the sides faintly ribbed. Lf-teeth of adult branchlets usually 8, sometimes 7 or 9, or up to 11 in immature plants, narrow-triangular, yellowish toward base with a brown band at or above middle, 0.75–1 mm long; tip pale white, later withering. ♂ fls in terminal spikes 5–25–(30) mm long; whorls of bracts overlapping when fls mature. Cone globose to cylindric, rounded to flattened at apex, (5)–8–12 mm long; margins of valves obtuse or acute; seeds dull, pale whitish brown, 4–5 mm long, with pale membranous wing.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Edwards, R. 2008: Lincoln University campus – a guide to some of the trees currently growing there. Lincoln University, Lincoln.
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