Casuarina equisetifolia (Whistling Pine/ Vilaiti Jhau/Casuarina etc.)

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J.M. Garg

Jul 20, 2007, 5:01:44 AM7/20/07
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It's graceful cluster of trees looks so lovely along the sea shores swaying with the wind. Though it looks like Pines, but it is not a Pine tree. It has adapted itself with minute (hardly visible) scale like leaves at the joints of twigs (pine like needles). Male (rusty brown spikes at the end of brachlets- not shown here) & Female flowers (untidy red threads in axils) are generally on different plants. It is also seen commonly in the Parks & Gardens in Kolkata, adding to their grace. I have seen nests of Greater Coucal & Shikra on this tree. Pictures taken at Central Park, Kolkata.
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Bark I IMG_2822.jpg
Fruit I IMG_2823.jpg
Tree I IMG_2819.jpg
Twigs & Fruits I IMG_2795.jpg
Twigs with Female flowers I IMG_2796.jpg
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