Allo_torulosa.JPG (45713 bytes)Allocasuarina torulosa: is a member of the Casuarinaceae family and was previously known as Casuarina torulosa. The common name, for this spreading, medium tree is Forest Oak.
The bark is deeply furrowed and fibrous. Roof shingles have been cut from the bark. Branchlets are very slender. The male flowers are carried on the ends of branches. The female cones, that follow the reddish female flowers, are oval and hold numerous, black winged seeds.
Male and female flowers are usually carried on separate plants. Male plants, when in flower, have a rusty to dark brown appearance. The colour is caused by ripening pollen in the male flowers. Pollen is dispersed by the wind.
Trees are usually dioecious (male and female flowers are carried on separate plants).
The Forest Oak is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest margins to open forests in New South Wales and Queensland . The species may form extensive pure stands.
This is one of the most attractive members of the family and could be cultivated as a “stand alone” specimen or combined in shelterbelts and windbreaks.
Propagate from seed.