Elaeocarpus petiolosus F.Muell.
Common Name: Caloon
Elaeocarpus ruminatus is a medium-sized, evergreen tree. The straight bole is buttressed[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
Australia - Queensland.
Found in a variety of well developed rain forests at elevations up to 1,100 metres[
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We have no specific information for this species, but members of this genus generally grow well in full sun to moderate shade, requiring a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
The heartwood is pale-brown, sometimes with a greyish tinge, and sometimes with stripes of a darker colour; the sapwood is creamy-white. The grain is often interlocked, producing a ribbon figure on the radial surface. The texture is moderately fine and even. The wood is soft, it seasons well, but is not very durable. It is easy to work, cuts cleanly and dresses with a fine finish; it holds nails and screws well; glues well, readily accepts paint, stain and polish. A useful general-purpose timber, it can be used in construction for linings, flooring, general building framing, and is also used for veneer, turnery, joinery, mouldings, furniture, cabinet worl, shingles, plywood etc[
The seed of most species in this genus is covered by a hard, woody shell and can be very slow and erratic to germinate, sometimes taking 2 years or more. Filing down the shell, or cracking it (being very careful not to damage the seed) in order to allow the ingress of moisture can help to greatly speed up germination. Sow the seed in containers in light shade. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out,
Cuttings of almost ripe shoots, in a sandy soil in a frame. The leaves should be left on the stem.[
]. Many species strike readily from cuttings.
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