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Common name

English: Beach sheoak

German: Schachtelhalmblättrige Kasuarine

Mandarin: 木麻黄 (mu ma huang)

Portuguese: Chorão


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Casuarinales (1)

        Family: Casuarinaceae (1)(family description)

          Genus: Casuarina (1)

            Epithet: equisetifolia L. (1)

Synonyms: Casuarina africana Lour., Casuarina brunoniana Miq., Casuarina excelsa Dehnh. ex Miq., Casuarina indica Pers., Casuarina lateriflora Poir., Casuarina littorea Oken, Casuarina mertensiana Rupr. ex Miq., Casuarina repens Hoffmanns., Casuarina truncata Willd.

africana => of African origin

brunoniana => in honor of Robert Brown (1773-1858), Scottish botanist and palaeobotanist

equisetifolia => foliage like a horse tail

excelsa => high, elevated

indica => from or referring in some way to India

lateriflora => lateral flowers

littorea => found on the seashore

mertensiana => in honor of Karl Heinrich Mertens (1795–1830), German plant collector

repens => creeping and rooting

truncata => truncate, cut off, blunt-ended


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: tree

External links

Check for Casuarina equisetifolia at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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