Allocasuarina humilisCommon name: Dwarf Sheoak
Meaning of name: Allocasuarina is from the Greek word allos, meaning other, and the genus Casuarina. It refers to a new genus containing species previously regarded as Casuarina. Humilis is a Latin word meaning low or small.
Distribution: Occurs from Geraldton to Israelite Bay.
Description: A shrub to 2 metres tall. The plants hold either male or female flowers. The male flowers are brown cylinders to 2 centimetres long and release pollen to the wind. The female flowers are inconspicuous red and feathery. The flowers are produced from May to November. The fruiting cones are brown to grey and up to 20 millimetres long.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.