Casuarina is a genus of shrubs and trees in the Family Casuarinaceae,
native to Australia and islands of the Pacific.
Commonly known as the she-oak (sometimes sheoak), beefwood, or
tree has delicate, slender ultimate branches and leaves that are no more
than scales, making the tree look more like a wispy conifer.
Requires moist, slightly saline soils. Potential habitats include
shorelines of permanent, ephemeral or relict lakes.
proper conditions, growth of casuarina seedlings is extremely rapid,
with growth rates of more than 2 m.
Casuarina has a spreading, fibrous root system that can penetrate quite
deeply into the soil if subsurface moisture is available.
Extensively cultivated for fuel, erosion control, and as a windbreak. It
can be trimmed and used as a hedge.
Reported to be astringent, diuretic, ecbolic, emmenagogue, laxative, and
tonic, beefwood is a remedy for beri-beri, colic, cough, diarrhea,
dysentery, headache, nerves, pimples, sores, sorethroat, stomachache,
swellings, and toothache.
Ternate, the seeds are used for passing blood in diarrhea.
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