Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Flindersia schottiana F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1862) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 3: 25. Type: In silvis humidioribus Australiae orientalis a fluvio Hastings, usque ad sinum Repulse Bay.
Ash; Mountain Ash; Stavewood; Southern Silver Ash; Wyageri; Silver Ash; Northern Silver Ash; Floppy Leaf Ash; Cudgerie; Ash, Southern Silver; Ash, Northern Silver; Ash, Bumpy; Ash, Silver; Bumpy Ash; Ash, Mountain; Flindosy Beech
A thin red or purple layer normally visible just inside the living bark. Bark exudate, if present, clear and sticky and emitting a pine-like odour.
Inflorescence hairs stellate. Sepals broadly ovate to suborbicular, about 1-1.5 mm long. Petals elliptic-oblong, about 4-6 mm long. Ovules 3 on each side of the placenta.
Cotyledons much wider than long, about 2-4 x 15-20 mm, bilobed. Oil dots numerous, clearly visible with a lens. First pair of leaves ovate, hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces. Trifoliolate leaves often produced after the first pairs of leaves. At the tenth leaf stage: lateral leaflets shortly stalked, elliptic, apex acute, base oblique; terminal leaflet stalked, obovate, apex acuminate, base cuneate; leaflets hairy on the upper surface along the midrib; oil dots numerous, visible to the naked eye; petiole and rhachis of compound leaf densely hairy. Seed germination time 6 to 14 days.
Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to north eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1000 m. In CYP and NEQ this species grows in drier, more seasonal rain forest and is often associated with Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta). Also occurs in New Guinea.
Food plant for the larval stages of the Orchard Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
Formerly used in the manufacture of barrels (cooperage), cricket stumps, billiard cues and tool handles. Swain (1928).
Produces a very pale high quality cabinet timber which takes a high polish.
Wood specific gravity 0.67. Cause et al. (1989).