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Abstract

Casuarina junghuhniana (Casuarinaceae) in India.

Abstract

Casuarina junghuhniana Miq., introduced into India in 1996, is gaining importance as an agroforestry species, with potential use in pulp and paper industry. Tree improvement of the species and attempts at clonal forestry are in progress. A hybrid of Casuarina equisetifolia L. and C. junghuhniana, introduced in 1951 from Thailand, is also planted in India, with the wrong identity as Casuarina junghuhniana. The present paper reviews the silviculture and tree improvement of the species, especially the attempts at introduction to various parts of the world by CSIRO, Australia, with special reference to India. The paper also attempts to resolve the confusion between the hybrid and the pure species, among the planting agencies in India.