Wild Florida Photo - Casuarina equisetifolia

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Casuarina equisetifolia

AUSTRALIAN-PINE

HORSETAIL CASUARINA

BEACH SHEOAK

Not native to Florida

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council:  Category I designation
This plant is an invasive exotic that is altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.
This species should never be planted (many with this designation are prohibited by law), and generally should be removed whenever possible.

 

An all too frequent invasive tree along water edges and disturbed sites from Volusia County southward on the east coast and DIxie County south on the west coast of peninsular Florida plus Franklin County in the panhandle. This native of tropical Asia, Indonesia and Australia is also now found in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Originally imported for shade and windbreaks, all three of the Casuarina species in Florida are considered problem invasives. Australian pines displace native plants leaving the shore susceptible to erosion, which is why you can often see their exposed roots.

 
Casuarina equisetifolia is a member of the Casuarinaceae - She-oak family.