Common Name Suruchi, Whistling Pine
Botanical Name Casuarina equisetifolia
Local Name
Native/Non Native Non Native
Origin Australia, South East Asia
Location at Holy Family Church Graveyard

(These photographs are authentic captures from the Holy Family Church campus, portraying the scenic splendour of the place.)

Whistling Pine is a large evergreen tree upto 30 m high with a straight bole and stout stem covered with a black bark. It has a conifer-like appearance which is increased by several drooping branchlets and cone-like fruits.

The tree is unisexual i.e., male and female flowers appear on separate trees. The male flowers or cones appear on terminal green needles, while the female cones are produced on woody branches. The brownish woody cones bear tiny winged seeds.

The wood is hard and is used as fuel. It is reputed for its high calorific value. It is also used for poles. The bark is used as astringent and tanning material. It is known as Beefwood tree because to its dark brown wood.

The species name equisetifolia refers to its leaves that look like a horse's tail.

The soft singing of the air through its innumerable slender twigs is a pleasant sound, which lends it the common name Whistling Pine.

The tree thrives best in coastal regions and is planted with other vegetation to check soil erosion. It requires strong sunlight and should not be planted under shade.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference books. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Readers should always consult their physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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