Finschia densiflora (C.T.White) C.T.White ex F.S.Walker
Finschia micronesica (Kaneh.) Kaneh.
Grevillea chloroxantha (Diels) Sleumer
Grevillea densiflora C.T.White
Grevillea elaeocarpifolia Guillaumin
Helicia micronesica Kaneh.
Flowering stem on tree cultivated in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida, USA.
Photograph by: scott.zona
Finschia chloroxantha is a tree usually growing 5 - 25 metres tall, occasionally to 36 metres The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 11 metres, around 15 - 35cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses up to 1 metre high, often raised on stilt-roots[
The edible seeds are locally an important food in coastal regions of Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands, particularly in Bougainville. The species has also been introduced in Vanuatu, New Hebrides, where the trees are extensively planted for their seeds[
]. The bright golden-yellow racemes are most attractive and the species could possibly be useful as an ornamental avenue tree throughout the tropics[
Australasia - New Guinea and surrounding islands
A sub-canopy tree, scattered in primary and secondary forests, and drier areas in swamp forest, at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Seed - raw or cooked. The kernel is pleasantly flavoured kernel[
]. The seed is more than 10mm in diameter, each fruit containing two seeds[
The seeds are said to be useful as a treatment against leprosy[
The light brown wood has prominent broad rays[
]. It is used locally in construction and to make a veneer that utilizes the attractive, oak-like grain[
]. The reddish timber has potential for cabinet making[
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