Mt Emu She-Oak
Shrub to 3m
Endangered shrub, usually found in low heath from Caloundra to Mt Emu South.
Male and female flowers on separate plants, flowers in winter, no stalk on male flower.
Small spike on top of cone.
Prefers wet heath soils eg light to medium clay and sandy loam.
Natural Habitat: Dry Sclerophyll Forest / Heathland
Aspect: Full Sun
- Hardy Shrub
- Only occurs naturally on or near Mt Emu
- Salt & wind tolerant
- Coastal Natives
- Gardening for Biodiversity
- Minimalist Architectural
Listed as Endangered Species
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.