Allocasuarina defungens, Family Casuarinaceae, also known as the Dwarf Heath Casuarina, is a straggly shrub 0.5−2 m high growing from a lignotuber (a swelling at the base of the stem or just under the soil). It has fine blue-green foliage consisting of jointed branchlets rather than leaves. Male and female flowers are inconspicuous and grow on separate plants. This species may naturally hybridise with A. littoralis and A. simulans.
Dwarf Heath Casuarina |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Allocasuarina defungens
Threats The main identified threats to the Dwarf Heath Casuarina are land use changes associated with mining and housing development; and changed fire regimes (including fire suppression) (NSW Scientific Committee; 1998).