River Oak, River She-Oak

Tree to 20 Metres

Description:

Round / Conical Habit
Slightly pendulous branches
Silver-Green pine needle-like leaves
Red Female flowers in Autumn / Winter
Yellow Male flowers in Autumn / Winter

Family: Casuarinaceae

Natural Habitat: Riverene

Aspect: Full Sun

Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Wet

Special Features:
• Bird Attracting
• Good Windbreak Plant
• Can form dense communities
• Male and Female flowers on separate plants
• Fallen needles form plant excluding mulch
• Aboriginal Food and Tool Source

Extra information:

Australian National Botanic garden – Aboriginal Plant Use Trail

Casuarina and Allocasuarina spp. (She-oaks)

The hard wood of she-oak was much used for making boomerangs, shields and clubs. In Wyrie Swamp, South Australia, archaeologists found a boomerang 10,000 years old, made from she-oak wood. Young shoots were chewed to allay thirst, and young cones were also eaten.

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