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The stem of Casuarinaceae is composed of two parts indeterminate persistent branches which after secondary thickening, form the permanent above-growt plant body; ant determinate deciduous branchlets (incorrectly called cladodes), about 15-25 mm in diameter.
The needles are actually modified branchlets, termed cladodes, and differ from pine needles in that they are segmented and pull apart easily.
Change to spines instead of laminar (blade) leaves (e.g. cladodes), as photosynthetic functions are transferred to the leaf stem (
Studies have shown that a hectare of mature cactus pear can produce up to 100 tonnes of cladodes (the cactus "leaves") a year in areas with as little as 150mm of rainfall. "