Casuarina equisetifolia

Casuarina equisetifolia_Zoya Akulova
Photo by Zoya Akulova

Common names: beach sheoak

Casuarina equisetifolia (beach sheoak) is an evergreen tree (family Casuarinaceae) with tiny red flowers and needle-like leaves found in the Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay area, south coast ranges and desert ranges of California. It has both female and male flower parts. It is native to northern Australia and Southeast Asia. It occurs in dunes. It freely self-seeds in disturbed areas. Migrating gold finches, parrots and parakeets feed on the seeds and disperse them. Wind also disperses the winged seeds.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Casuarina equisetifolia Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.