Not a conifer or an oak as the name would suggest, the coastal she-oak is native to southeast Australia. A member of the Casuarinaceae family, she-oaks are drought hardy and fire resistant.

Aboriginal use of native plants is often threefold. The plant may provide a valuable resource in the manufacture of tools, weapons and/or utensils. It may also provide an ingredient that either has medicinal value or be a source of nutrition.