Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Beilschmiedia bancroftii (F.M.Bailey) C.T.White
White, C.T. (1918) Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Botany Bulletin 20: 17.
Ash, Canary; Canary Ash; Walnut, Yellow; Yellow Walnut; Yellow Nut
Blaze odour conspicuous, strongly resembling that of sugar-cane (Saccharum officinale).
Twigs terete or angular, clothed in straight, white or pale brown, appressed hairs when young but glabrous when older. Leaf blades about 7-15 x 2-3 cm, green or slightly glaucous on the underside, clothed in straight, white or pale brown, appressed hairs when young but almost glabrous at maturity. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Petioles flat or channelled on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens.
Tepals about 2.1-3.5 mm long. Stamens nine. Staminodes three, cylindrical or clavate. Ovary conspicuously stalked.
Fruits about 65-75 x 50-60 mm, not bilobed. Cotyledons cream. Endocarp about 2.0-2.5 mm thick usually with a sharp protuberance at each pole. The rat-eaten remains of the hard seed shells (endocarps) usually present under large trees.
The seeds of this species were utilised by aboriginals but only after treatment. They are toxic when fresh.
Produces millable logs and the sawn timber and veneer marketed as Yellow Walnut, a useful structural and decorative timber. Wood specific gravity 0.64-0.75. Hyland (1989).