Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
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).
Inflorescence hairs simple. Sepals about 0.5-0.9 mm long, pubescent. Petals about 2-2.5 mm long. Ovules 1 or 2 on each side of the placenta.
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).