Lasjia whelanii (F.M.Bailey) P.H.Weston & A.R.Mast
Mast, A.R., Willis, C.L., Jones, E.H., Downs, K.M. & Weston, P.H. (2008) American Journal of Botany 95(7): 865.
Whelan's Macadamia; Oak, Whelan's Silky; Oak, Silky; Whelan's Silky Oak; Silky Oak
Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.
First few leaves not always in whorls, alternate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elongate-elliptic, apex acuminate, base cuneate, in whorls of three, upper surface +/- glabrous, a few hairs may be present on the midrib near the base; petiole and terminal bud clothed in reddish brown, prostrate hairs. Seed germination time 88 days.
The seeds of this species are strongly cyanogenetic and strong positive reactions to HCN have been obtained even after 11 years of storage. Everist (1974).
A large tree with a dense dark green growth and contrasting white flowers. It has potential for plants in parks in tropical areas.
Produces a useful timber with a conspicuous oak grain, suitable for construction work.
Wood specific gravity 1.00 Cause et al. (1989).