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Useful Tropical Plants

Backhousia bancroftii

F.M.Bailey & F.Muell.

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Johnstone River Hardwood

Backhousia bancroftii
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Jago B.; Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Backhousia bancroftii is an evergreen shrub or a medium to tall tree[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]
The tree is harvested from the wild for commercial use as a timer in Australia.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australia - northeast Queensland

Habitat

Well developed rain forest, at times forming almost pure, even aged stands; at elevations up to 700 metres[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Backhousia bancroftii is a plant of lowland rainforests in northeast Australia.
Species in this genus generally prefer a moist but well-drained fertile soil and a position in full sun[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is of a light-grey colour, becoming rather dark towards the centre in large trees. It has a close and generally interlocked grained, hard, somewhat like teak, splits straight and freely. It is fairly durable exposed to the weather and also when in contact with the soil in well-drained locations. It is slightly difficult to work by hand, but machines well, and has been milled to flooring, for which purpose it has excellent wearing qualities. In the green condition it has been used in building construction as plates, studs and joists. It is a useful general purpose construction timber[
601
Title
The Useful Native Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Maiden J.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Turner & Co.; London.
Year
1889
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of the uses of many Australian plants and other species naturalised, or at least growing, in Australia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
,
1097
Title
Australian Timber handbook
Publication
 
Author
Wallis N.K.
Publisher
Angus & Robertson; Sydney
Year
1970
ISBN
0-207-12053-6
Description
A comprehensive book about the uses of timber in Australia, it includes a section with information on the properties of the more commonly used woods in Australia
].

Propagation

Seed - it is difficult to germinate[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
]. Surface sow onto a moist medium, standing the seed tray in almost half its depth of clean water and maintain a temperature around 16 - 18c[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Seedlings take about 12 months to develop fully. When seedlings are about 5mm tall, remove the tray from the water, leave for 4 - 5 days and then prick the seedlings out into individual containers[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood with a heel[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Slow to make roots[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
].
Small lower branches often touch the ground and form roots. These can be severed from the parent plant, and planted elsewhere[
343
Title
Growing Native Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
Publisher
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of articles giving details of cultivation and matters of general interest (including a few plant uses) on over 250 Australian plants.
].
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