Casuarina Timbers in Australia , David Bedford

Vol 43 no 2, May 2021
Article from Vol 43 no 2, May 2021

Casuarina Timbers in Australia , David Bedford


One of the most distinctive timbers in Australia comes from trees known by their common name as casuarinas. In botanical taxonomic terms, there are actually two main genera growing in Australia: Allocasuarina and Casuarina. A third genus, Gymnostoma, is restricted to far north Queensland. The timber characteristics are very similar for both genera, except for one species, C. cristata, noted below.

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