Herb latin name: Casuarina cristata
Synonyms: Casuarina lepidophylla
Family: Casuarinaceae (She-oak Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Casuarina cristata:Drier areas, usually on heavier soils and avoiding ridges.
Other uses of the herb:The bark is rich in tannin. Wood - very hard, not durable, takes a good polish. Mainly used for furniture and fencing, it is also a good fuel.
Propagation of Casuarina cristata:Seed - sow late winter to early summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.
Cultivation of the herb:Drier areas, usually on heavier soils and avoiding ridges.
Medicinal use of Casuarina cristata:None known
Known hazards of Casuarina cristata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.