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Hmm, I think it must be some Allocasuarina sp. as the leaves/cladodes are quite thin and the female flower is quite distinctive. Potentially Allocasuarina littoralis or torulosa. Know this was a while ago but do you remember if it had distinctly corky bark?
Thanks ShannaB! Duffys Forest Ecological Commmunity is a woodland to forest community full or red bloodwoods and Sydney Red Gums which is restricted to lateritic/ironstone soils (means it looks really red in colour and has little chunks of rock in it) of certain ridgetops around Sydney. There is lot of variation in the composition of these communities so it is possible for the areas around where you used to work not to have it. This was found in a very small 2 hectare remnant in Lane Cove National Park where only 4 hectares or so exist. A lot more exist around where you probably did RFS work. I have noticed there area I have been looking at (did a tafe assignment on it) is very different as it doesn't have the Silver-top Ash (Eucalyptus seiberi) even though it is supposed to be one of the dominant tree species and is found in most other Duffys Forest Areas. It was named after the suburb as a lot of it was found in the area. The other problem is that flowers only really open up for a day sometimes less and only on really hot days. They look a bit like a hairy grass/sedge-like plant otherwise.