Re: Fw: Casuarina / Allocasuarina identification please. -Food for Glos

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Subject: Re: Fw: Casuarina / Allocasuarina identification please. -Food for Glossy Black-cockatoos?
From: "Denis Wilson" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 11:31:44 +1100
Hi Julienne
Plant what is growing naturally in your area - in other words, whatever species they are - grow them.
Seeds of Casuarinas are easy to collect. The cones open when dried. Leave them in a paper bag, and you will have lots of seed.
Cones of Casuarinas tend to be smoother than your photo. Allocasauarinas have "protuberances" on the cones (as yours does).
Seeds of Casuarinas (when the cones open) are pale and dull (not shining and black - as in Allocasuarina.
So allow cones to dry and seeds to fall out, and you will have the definitive answer. 
But it looks like the Allocasuarina to me.
Do not use the "needles" of the adult trees as a mulch for your seed raising mix, as they supposedly have a germination inhibitor in them.  
Hope this helps, and best of luck with it.
Love to Grow: Grow to Love
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