She Oak (Casuarina equsetifolia)

She Oak (Casuarina equsetifolia)

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She Oak (Casuarina equsetifolia) Casuarina is a genus of 17 species in the family Casuarinaceae native to Australasia the Indian Subcontinent southeast Asia and islands of the western Pacific Ocean. It was once treated as the sole genus in the family but has been split into three genera (see Casuarinaceae).They are evergreen shrubs and trees growing to 35 m tall. The foliage consists of slender much-branched green to grey-green twigs bearing minute scale-leaves in whorls of 5–20. The flowers are produced in small catkin-like inflorescences; the flowers are simple spikes. Most species are dioecious but a few are monoecious. The fruit is a woody oval structure superficially resembling a conifer cone made up of numerous carpels each containing a single seed with a small wing. The generic name is derived from the Malay word for the cassowary kasuari alluding to the similarities between the bird's feathers and the plant's foliage though the tree is called rhu in current standard Malay. Casuarina species are a food source of the larvae of hepialid moths; members of the genus Aenetus including A. lewinii and A. splendens burrow horizontally into the trunk then vertically down. Endoclita malabaricus also feeds on Casuarina. The noctuid Turnip Moth is also recorded feeding on Casuarina. Pedunculagin casuarictin strictinin casuarinin and casuariin are ellagitannins found in the species within the genus.