The drooping sheoak

Allocasuarina verticillata

I’ve talked about drooping sheoaks before.

They’re one of the commonest trees in the scrub near our house south of Adelaide, and right now, they’re in flower.

The male flowers are golden:

The female flowers are smaller, and turn into cones:

You can’t ignore the sheoaks in the scrub,
whether you look down at the needles and cones they shed on the sandy floor …

… or up at the canopy:

Ubiquitous, perhaps?
Spiky?
Inelegant?
All of those things, perhaps.
I love them, though.
They’re one of my favourite trees.