Casuarina nodiflora Thunb.
Casuarina rumphiana Miq.
Common Name: Weeping Ru
Gymnostoma rumphianum is a slow-growing, slender evergreen tree growing up to 15 metres tall[
The tree is occasionally used by local people for its wood and it is also sometimes planted as an ornamental[
Southeast Asia - eastern Malaysia through Indonesia and the Philippines.
Humid mountain forests, heath forests and serpentine soils[
]. Usually gregarious in primary forest, at 100 - 1,000 metres, forming almost pure stands along sandy sea shores in the Philippines. It grows more vigorously at higher elevations[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a well-drained, acid soil and a position in full sun[
]. Established plants are moderately drought tolerant[
Plants can be monoecious or dioecious[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The beautifully marked wood is coarse grained[
]. It is used for construction, shingles, gates and fencing[
]. It yields a good quality pulp[
A useful firewood, it also yields good quality charcoal[
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