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Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:19 pm

Has anyone ever encountered a cork bark variety of Australian Pine (Casuarina equisetifolia)? While collecting recently my friend encountered a stand of seemingly cork bark Aussy Pines in coastal central Florida. These trees grew from seeds (not from root suckers) and have very fine foliage. Not all the trees in the stand had the cork bark, about 30% of them.

Please excuse the hasty cell phone photos but as you can see the bark is very corky.




I wonder if this is genetic, insect, fungus or germ induced??

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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  GaryWood on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:58 pm

Rob, judging by the consistency and progression of ageing bark, it looks to me to be genetic. Good find!
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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  Jerry Meislik on Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:48 pm

Rob,
Many years ago in Hawaii I saw corky bark cultivars. A low percentage of collected Casuarina apparently had some degree of corking.
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Re: Cork bark Australian Pine

Post  Geof on Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:53 pm

Hi Rob,
Are you or anyone in Florida able to cultivate this since it is considered an invasive species? Looks like it could be worth doing.
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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  jrodriguez on Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:38 am

Rob,

Yes, I have seen this before. In Indonesia, they call this Cemara Anging. I have also seen it in Puerto Rico and I believe that Sam Lee from Hawaii posted an excellent example in one of his early posts concerning the Kauai Bonsai Kai exhibits.

Warm regards,

Jose Luis

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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:44 pm

Thanks for the info guys. We 'll see if they survive.

Goeff - one is not supposed to sell them but there are no prohibitions against collecting them. Actually doing the environment a favor. Their leaf fall really smothers native trees below them.

This is one I collected but does not have the corky bark.



And when collecting in Florida is pays to keep an eye out for ...


Nice Bald Cypress trees but we left them alone.

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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  gordonb on Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:51 am

Can't possibly imagine why, from the photo ?! Rolling Eyes Laughing

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Looks like

Post  peterh on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:24 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allocasuarina_torulosa

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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  Poink88 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:20 am

Rob,

Nice cypress indeed. There's a floating set of premium boots too...why did you pass it up? Wink Twisted Evil

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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:50 am

peterh wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allocasuarina_torulosa

Interesting lead. I am not aware of this variety being in Florida but then you never know. Thanks. Have to do some more digging.

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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:49 pm

Poink88 wrote:Rob,

Nice cypress indeed. There's a floating set of premium boots too...why did you pass it up? Wink Twisted Evil

I have a personal strategy of avoiding contact with alligators. They don't really understand that humans are supposed to be the top of the food chain. Crying or Very sad Cool Evil or Very Mad


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Re: Cork Bark Australian Pine

Post  Mitch Thomas on Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:16 pm

Rob
Very nice find, I guess we should be glad they do not grow wild here. But I kinda wish they did I would to have one. Being invasive I would guess that you cannot sell collected trees.

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