from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of colubriform serpents giving name to the family Oligodontid√¶. There are many species, of India, Ceylon, and neighboring islands.


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  • C. oligodon is a fast-growing woody species that provides shade and timber for fencing, house construction and firewood.

    1. Tree products in agroecosystems: economic and policy issues.

  • Major components of the system are numerous species of annual and perennial food crops (especially bananas), Arabica coffee and Casuarina oligodon.

    1. Tree products in agroecosystems: economic and policy issues.

  • In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea Casuarina oligodon is also planted in areas infested with Imperata.

    1. Introduction

  • The species is useful because it can grow on poorer soils than Casuarina oligodon and tolerates a wide range of rainfall and temperatures in the country.

    8. Recommendations and Research Needs

  • Non-Australian species, such as Casuarina oligodon and Casuarina junghuhniana, grow in regions that are largely frost free.

    4. Management

  • In the early 1960s, as a small-scale research project, Casuarina oligodon was successfully underplanted beneath Araucaria hunsteinii and Araucaria cunninghamii.

    2. Experiences with Casuarinas

  • Coffee is a major cash crop in the Papua New Guinea Highlands, and Casuarina oligodon is a very useful shade tree because it lets light through to the crop and fixes nitrogen to improve the soil.

    2. Experiences with Casuarinas

  • In the early 1950s the Department of Primary Industry (Office of Forests), together with various patrol officers, set up tree nurseries throughout the Highlands and people were taught the value of Casuarina oligodon and some other species.

    2. Experiences with Casuarinas

  • Casuarina oligodon is useful on coffee plantations because it shades the coffee bushes and improves the soil by fixing nitrogen.

    6. Best-Known Species

  • Main Attributes The Papua New Guinea government is encouraging local people to grow Casuarina oligodon as firewood in the Highlands.

    6. Best-Known Species


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