In our district the remaining stands of Drooping Sheoaks Allocasuarina verticillata are few and far between. I was surprised and pleased then to come across a new stand late today on the western edge of the Sandon State Forest [location]. I discovered a handful of plants on the edge of a track leading out of the forest. Two of the mature trees were females with ripening cones. Drooping Sheoaks have seperate male and female trees. The female is distingushed by orange-red flowers that appear as small globular heads on short stalks, close to the branches. These mature into the familiar barrel-shaped cones with sharp pointed valves. The male produces masses of tan-coloured flowers that hang like strings of beads during winter and spring.
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