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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Flowers. Copyright G. Sankowsky
Leaves and flowers. Copyright G. Sankowsky
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Alloxylon wickhamii (W.Hill & F.Muell.) P.H.Weston & Crisp
Weston, P.H. & Crisp. M.D. (1991) Telopea 4(3): 502. Type: ?.
Oreocallis wickhamii (F.Muell.) Sleumer, Botanische Jahrbucher 76: 203(1954), Type: ?. Oreocallis wickhamii W.Hill, Report on the Brisbane Botanic Garden: 6(1874), Type: This superb flowering tree was found at an elevation of 2,500 feet, on Bellenden-Ker Range.. Embothrium wickhamii F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 8: 164(1874), Type: In monte Bellenden-Kerii, altitudine circiter 2500 pedum, ubi Heliciae Youngianae adsociatum; Walt. Hill..
Oak, Pink Silky; Oak, Satin Silky; Satin Oak; Tree Waratah; Satin Silky Oak; Pink Silky Oak; Oak, Satin
Oak grain in the wood and a matching pattern in the inner blaze.
Pedicels paired, very long, more than half the length of the perianth, common peduncle absent. Pedicels and the outer surface of the tepals glabrous, flower bracts linear, about 5 mm long. Tepals pink-red, about 20-30 mm long. Hypogynous glands absent. Ovary on a long stalk. Ovules about 8-10.
Cotyledons broadly obovate, about 12 x 12 mm. First pair of leaves with entire margins. Third and fourth leaves with entire margins. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade +/- linear, apex obtuse or rounded, base attenuate, glabrous, lateral veins forming definite loops inside the blade margin; terminal bud clothed in rusty red hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Not as well known as Alloxylon flammeum but deserves an equal place in horticulture and will grow on a wide range of soil types.
Produces a beautiful soft, silky textured timber with a conspicuous oak grain.
Wood specific gravity 0.53 Cause et al. (1989).