Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Allocasuarina torulosa (Aiton) L.A.S.Johnson
Johnson, L.A.S. (1982) Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 6(1): 79.
River Oak; Baker's Oak; Forest Oak; Forest Sheoak; Oak, Baker's; Oak, Forest; Rose Sheoak
Oak grain very conspicuous in the wood.
What appear to be needle-like leaves are really twigs and the true leaves (in whorls of four) are just visible to the naked eye when the needles are broken at a joint. Oak grain in the twigs.
Cones about 20-30 x 15-20 mm. Samaras dark brown, shiny, about 7-10 mm long. Bracteoles thick and convex.
Cotyledons without visible veins, much larger than the leaves. First group of leaves whorled. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves minute, without visible venation, in whorls of four. Seed germination time 8 to 15 days.
Endemic to Australia, occurs in an isolated pocket in CYP, widespread in NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in CYP and NEQ from 40-1200 m. Usually grows in wet sclerophyll forest but also found on the margins of rain forest.
A very useful firewood. Easy to cut and split when green, drying rapidly and burning well, producing plenty of heat.
This species produces a timber which was formerly used as roof shingles. Swain (1928).