Origin of casuarinaModern Latin from Malay kasu?r?, cassowary: so named because the twigs are similar to the bird's feathers
any of a genus (Casuarina) of trees of the casuarina family native chiefly to Australia, esp. a species (C. equisetifolia) with jointed, green branchlets that bear whorls of scalelike leaves; beefwood; Australian pine
designating a family (Casuarinaceae, order Casuarinales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, having slender, drooping branches
Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Casuarina native to Australia, Southeast Asia, and neighboring islands, having jointed needlelike branchlets, scalelike whorled leaves, and small fruits grouped in woody conelike structures. Also called Australian pine .
Origin of casuarinaNew Latin Casuarīna genus name, coined by German botanist Georg Eberhard Rumphius (1627-1702) after Dutch Kasuarisboom casuarina (literally, “cassowary tree,” from the resemblance of its drooping twigs to the feathers of the cassowary) from kasuaris cassowary from New Latin casuarius from Malay kasauri ; see cassowary.
From Malay kasuari (“cassowary”), from the resemblance of the leaves to the bird's feathers.
- In Casuarina, Juglans and the order Corylaceae, the pollen-tube does not enter by means of the micropyle, but passing down the ovary wall and through the placenta, enters at the chalazal end of the ovule.
- In places the sands are fringed by long lines of Casuarina trees; in others, and more especially in the neighbourhood of some of the river mouths, there are deep banks of black mud covered with mangroves; in others the coast presents to the sea bold headlands, cliffs, mostly of a reddish hue, sparsely clad with greenery, or rolling hills covered by a growth of rank grass.
- The finer branches are green, and bear a close resemblance to the stems of Equisetum and to the slender twigs of Casuarina; the surface of the long internodes is marked by fine longitudinal ribs, and at the nodes are borne pairs of inconspicuous scale-leaves.
- On the east coast the force of the north-east monsoon, which beats upon the shores of the China Sea annually from November to February, has kept the land for the most part free from mangroves, and the sands, broken here and there by rocky headlands thickly wooded, and fringed by casuarina trees, stretch for miles without interruption.
- The liquidambar and nutmeg may be noticed among the former; the first is one of the most conspicuous trees in Java, on the mountains of the eastern part of which the casuarina, one of the characteristic forms of Australia, is also abundant.