Sphalmium racemosum (C.T.White) B.G.Briggs, B.Hyland & L.A.S.Johnson
Briggs, B.G., Hyland, B.P.M. & Johnson, L.A.S. (1975) Australian Journal of Botany 23: 166.
Oak, Satin Silky; Oak, Poorman's Fishtail; Oak, Mt Lewis; Oak, Buff Silky; Mt Lewis Oak; Poorman's Fishtail Oak; Satin Silky Oak; Buff Silky Oak
Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.
Oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades about 6-15 x 1.5-3 cm tapering to the petiole. Petioles yellow. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin. Terminal buds and very young shoots clothed in rusty brown hairs. Old leaves turn yellow prior to falling. Compound leaves frequently present on coppice shoots.
Inflorescences small, about 15-20 mm long, pedicels 1-2 mm long. Flowers not paired, borne singly in the axil of a bract about 3 mm long. Tepals glabrous or sparsely pubescent on the outer surface, about 4.5-6 mm long. Anthers about 2.5 mm long, filaments about 2 mm long. Hypogynous glands absent. Ovary about 1.5 mm long, densely ferruginously hairy, very shortly stalked, ovules 2.
Cotyledons elliptic to obovate, about 25 x 12-17 mm. First pair of leaves simple with 1-3 teeth on each margin towards the apex. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade simple, elliptic or lobed, or leaves trifoliolate or pinnate; margins of leaf or leaflet blades serrate, teeth generally along the upper half of the leaf or leaflet blade. Seed germination time 24 days.
Produces a decorative cabinet timber with a conspicuous oak grain.
Wood specific gravity 0.56 Cause et al. (1989).