Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld



including Allocasuarina and Gymnostoma

Family: Casuarinaceae

This group is not usually cultivated in suburban gardens. A notable exception is the prostrate form of Casuarina marketed as 'Cousin It'. The unusual ground-hugging manner of growth and hair-like texture is very striking and is usually grown spilling over retailing wall but it can also be grown as a type of groundcover.

Gymnostoma australianum is another member of the family that was promoted as a conifer substitute under the name "Daintree Pine". Note however that these are not pines or conifers of any kind.

Casuarina 'Cousin It' in the Landscape

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Casuarina 'Cousin It'

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Unidentified species of Casuarina or Allocasuarina, showing male inflorescences

Gymnostoma australianum in the Landscape

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Gymnostoma australianum, marketed as Daintree Pine (not actually a pine or conifer)

Other Information Online

Casuarina The National Forestry Education and Awareness Network
Seedling characteristics in the Casuarinaceae Telopea (Journal of plant systematics) (PDF)
Horsetail she-oak (Casuarina equisetifolia var. incana) Factsheet download page Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland Govt.
Casuarina equisetifolia The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Casuarina cunninghamiana (River She-oak) James Cook University, Qld
Conservation of the Bulloak Jewel Butterfly (concerning Allocasuarina luehmannii) Factsheet at The Hut Environmental and Community Association Inc. (THECA) website
Mountain She-Oak (Allocasuarina rigida) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Allocasuarina torulosa The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)
Forest Oak (Allocasuarina torulosa) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Rock She-oak (Allocasuarina rupicola) Southern Downs Regional Council, Qld


Gymnostoma australianum Flora of Australia Online
Gymnostoma australianum The Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)

Warning: collection, destruction, propagation, movement, sale or purchase of any Australian native plant (including seeds or spores) may be subject to laws and regulations. Be sure to check with appropriate authorities before engaging in these activities, even on private property. Other laws may also apply to the treatment and movement of plant or soil material (for example, to control the spread of weeds, pests and diseases.)

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