On our right, quite close to the corner of Medindie Road and Lefevre Road, is a river she-oak, which is regarded as being easily over one hundred years old.

Often confused for a pine, it is actually a flowering casuarina. Casuarina derives its name from the word for cassowary, and it’s easy to see the similarity between the she-oak’s foliage and the cassowary’s feathers. Species related to this one have been found in the fossil record dating back to the time of Gondwanaland. Old specimens like this one are important to native birdlife: the cone-like fruit are a source of food for black cockatoos; rainbow lorikeets and finches who eat the seeds; while willy wagtails, butcher-birds, and magpie larks favour the she-oak for nesting.

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