Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Flindersia acuminata C.T.White
White, C.T. (1919) Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Botany Bulletin 21: 5. Type: Atherton Tableland, H.W. Mocatta, 3 July 1915.
Icewood; Maple, Silver; Paddy King's Beech; Pine, Putt's; Putt's Pine; Silver Silkwood; Silver Maple; White Silkwood; Silkwood, Silver
Bark usually pale brown. Inconspicuous, pale brown stripes usually visible in the outer blaze.
Oil dots visible with a lens, more conspicuous on the underside of the leaflet blade. Young shoots clothed in very small, pale, stellate hairs. Lateral leaflet blades about 5-15 x 1.3-4.8 cm, with about 8-15 lateral veins on each side of the midrib. Compound leaf petiole with lateral angles or very short wings towards the base.
Inflorescence hairs stellate. Sepals suborbicular, about 1-1.2 mm long. Petals elliptic-oblong, about 3-3.2 mm long. Ovules 3 on each side of the placenta.
Cotyledons remaining within the seed coat until the first pair of leaves are produced. At the tenth leaf stage: lateral leaflet blades glabrous on the upper surface or with a few hairs along the midrib, slightly unequal-sided at the base; oil dots, if present, scarce, very small and difficult to see with a lens. Seed germination time 8 to 44 days.
A decorative and useful cabinet timber which takes a high polish.
Formerly used in the manufacture of barrels (cooperage). Swain (1928).
An attractive timber tree with dark green compound leaves that form a large spreading crown. Would be a useful shady tree for parks or streets. Flowers are yellow and are followed by fruit that are star-like when open.
Wood specific gravity 0.53 Cause et al. (1989).