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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Flindersia laevicarpa var. laevicarpa
Flindersia laevicarpa C.T.White & W.D.Francis var. laevicarpa
White, C.T. & Francis, W.D. (1920) Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Botany Bulletin 22: 8. Type: Atherton district, Assistant Forester J.M. Fraser..
Rose Ash; Scented Maple; Ash, Rose; Maple, Scented; Dirran Maple
Crown formation resembling that of a eucalypt. Pale brown, brittle stripes in the inner blaze. Blaze odour usually noticeable but difficult to describe, perhaps resembling guava (Psidium guajava).
Cotyledons linear-oblong, about 20-25 x 6 mm. Oil dots visible to the naked eye. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades elliptic or ovate, apex acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous, oil dots visible to the naked eye, shortly petiolate.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the area between the Daintree River and the Tully River. Altitudinal range from 80-850 m. Grows in well developed rain forest but is probably more common in drier, more seasonal rain forest and the Bolly Gum (Blepharocarya involucrigera) forests. Flindersia laevicarpa var. heterophylla occurs in New Guinea.
This species produces a useful timber which has never been available in large quantities. It works well and takes a good polish and can be used in a variety of situations, e.g. door and window frames, flooring and tool handles.
Wood specific gravity 0.72. Cause et al. (1989).