Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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One of the iconic trees to be seen in and around Uluru (in fact across Central Australia), are the Desert Oak (Allocasuarina decaisneana). The desert oak is a slow-growing medium-sized tree found in the arid desert regions of Central Australia, encompassing parts of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

The Desert Oak is a significant cultural plant, that are part of the dreaming for aboriginal people. Depicted in a number of aboriginal art under titles such as Desert Oak Dreaming and Digging Stick Dreaming, by renowned artists such as Dorothy Napangardi and Judy Napangardi Watson, they are also significant to artists in the creation of artwork such as the series Tjanpi Kampanyi by Trephina Sultan Thanguwa.

Check out our Flora Index for more information about the Desert Oak.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Rosids
  • Order: Fagales
  • Family: Casuarinaceae
  • Genus: Allocasuarina
  • Species: A. decaisneana
  • Binomial name: Allocasuarina decaisneana