Allocasuarina verticillata (syn. Casuarina stricta)
A small weeping tree with cone-like fruit up to 2 inches long and an inch in diameter. The overall appearance of male trees is colored by dangling terminal spikes of pollen-bearing flowers that are about 3 inches long. Segments on the needle-like branchlets are up to about ¾ inch long. Leaf teeth number about 11. This is one of a small number of selected trees offered in quantity at a very low price by the California Department of Conservation, Division of Forestry.
There is one on the east side of Lasuen Street between Campus Drive and Arboretum Road, which can be contrasted with the horsetail casuarinas across the road. There is another tree a hundred yards or so to the southwest that is also immediately detectable by the slightly rusty appearance of the foliage. Both these trees are male trees, so no cones are seen. To collect cones go to the end of Wing Place and take the footpath into the greenbelt fronting Junipero Serra Boulevard.
Related Material: Field Guide to Identify the Common Casuarina (Australian Pine) Species in Florida by William S. Castle offers excellent field identification advice.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the Casuarina stricta entry in the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. First mentions of cones and needles changed to cone-like fruit and needle-like branchlets; name udpated to Allocasuarina verticillata Jan 2018 (SP).