This species is closely related to Burckella fijiensis, from which it may be distinguished by its pilose corolla and its greater number (40) of stamens[
Bassia thurstonii is an evergreen tree that can grow 15 metres or more tall[
The wood of this tree is valuable and much sought[
]. The tree also provides a latex, which is used locally as a chewing gum.
Pacific - Fiji.
Forests at elevations from 150 - 300 metres[
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The latex is used as a chewing gum[
The fruit is probably edible[
]. Edible. The brown fruit can be 5cm or more in diameter[
The wood is short in the grain, but light in weight, dense, very durable and easily worked. It is, however, scarce and difficult to extract from the forest. A few planks of this wood have stood hard wear in King's wharf, Suva[
]. Used as a timber tree[
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