Please help me to ID this.
SOLVED: A casuarina?
Can you get some more close-up pics please?
Ok. I will to get more close-up pics the next time I am there at the park. But it will be in one to two weeks time only.
Also if there are any cones, flowers, seed pods, etc would certainly help. To me, it doesn't have a Casuarina look but then again it's not something I see often.
Ok I will go there again growin. I will check the ground has the cones/pods or not as the tree may be too tall for me or my camera to zoom in. Thanks.
I think your mention of Gymnostoma might be right but I look to Resin for a good ID.
The several species of Casurina that grow around here all have much longer needles, usually 6" +, depending on species. They are almost all olive-green, drab coloring, even the new growth. Unless pruned up, they are branched to the ground and have a fairly formal Christmas tree shape. They tolerate a lot of wind, then the 'formal Christmas tree shape' becomes more windswept, but almost always maintains one main leader, then horizontal or somewhat hanging branches.
I don't think it's Casuarinaceae, and I'm not sure it's any of the conifers either. It actually reminds me of Melaleuca bracteata.
Thanks Darwiniensis! Yes, I agree. The tree does look like Melaleuca bracteata.
Thank you Diana_K, growin, vngarden :-D
Melaleuca was my first thought with the new pics too; M. bracteata looks good, but maybe also compare M. linariifolia.
I think it is closer to M. bracteata as well.
Thanks for your feedback, Resin!
Melaleuca linariifolia has pale, peeling, papery bark (the classic Melaleuca bark which gives them their common name, Paperbark).
Like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Melaleuca_linariifolia_bark.jpg
M. bracteata has darker, gray/brown, fissured bark, as do the trees posted above by Stephanie Choo.
There is a good image of M. bracteata bark on this page:
We have many similar plants growing in our countries. As for Melaleuca linariifolia, I don't think I have come across this tree yet. Next time when I see one, I will definitely post a pic ;-)