Buckinghamia celsissima F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1868) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 6: 248. Type: In silvis montium prope sinum litoreum Rockinghams Bay; J. Dallachy. Six Mile Creek, 11 Jan. 1865, J. Dallachy, lecto: MEL. Fide Foreman (1995).
Ivory Curl Tree; Ivory Curl; Oak, Spotted Silky; Spotted Silky Oak; Silky Oak; Ivory Curl Flower
Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.
Oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades about 8-16 x 3-7 cm. Small oils dots visible with a lens. Numerous lenticels usually present on the twigs.
Follicles about 1.5-3 cm long. Seeds flat with a narrow marginal wing.
Cotyledons about 10-14 mm long, petioles short, about 1 mm long, margin uneven at the apex, much shorter on one side of the midrib. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade +/- linear with some hairs on upper surface, younger leaves densely hairy, petiole densely hairy. Terminal bud clothed in brown hairs. Seed germination time 38 to 45 days.
Food plant for the larval stages of the Cornelian Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
Widely cultivated in a variety of situations from street trees to gardens and known for the ease of culture, the good form and the mass flowerings it produces.
Produces a useful general purpose timber with a conspicuous oak grain.
Wood specific gravity 0.93 Cause et al. (1989).