Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Casuarinas




This stand of Australian native casuarinas - Casuarina equisetifolia - (sometimes called she-oaks) between the car park and the dune at Rosedale Beach is a treasure. In many beach places, such vegetation has disappeared under the relentless creep of development. It's one of the things which makes Rosedale VERY special. Casuarinas are superb native-bird attracters.
Apparently, the name Casuarina is derived from the Malay Kasuari and alludes to the similarity between the drooping foliage of the genus and that of the feathers of the cassowary bird. More here.


Below: taken 16 April 2009:

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