Beach Casuarina (species: Casuarina equisetifolia) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Casuarina equisetifolia
Beach Casuarina

©Anne Hoggett: Casuarina equisetifolia at Lizard Island, some branches broken by Cyclone Ita.

©Anne Hoggett: Small Casuarina equisetifolia in foreground at Lizard Island, larger ones behind.

©Anne Hoggett: Branch of Casuarina equisetifolia at Lizard Island
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Fagales
Family Casuarinaceae
Genus Casuarina
Species Casuarina equisetifolia



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Flowering occurs during a short period, usually in early October at Lizard Island. Separate male and female flowers are found on the same plant.

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: This is one of the distinctive trees of Lizard Island, found on and near beaches.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Cribb, A.B. and J.W. Cribb (1985). Plant life of the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent shores University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.

Other references

  • Buckley, R. (1988). Plant succession under repeated disturbance: establishment and growth of strandline forbs and creepers on unstable beaches in the wet tropics, Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia, 15: 307-311. LIRS catalog number 678.
  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
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