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Gmelina fasciculiflora is an often deciduous tree with a dense, rounded crown; it usually grows 10 - 30 metres tall, but at times it can be as small as 4 metres. The bole can vary from 12 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree yields a high quality timber, valued for wood carving. It is often harvested from the wild.
Australia - northeast Queensland.
Rainforests, or along rivers and beaches at elevations up to 760 metres[
]. Found in well developed lowland and upland rain forest on a variety of sites[
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The globular, violet or blue to bright purple or violet fruit is around 10 - 20mm in diameter. The taste is sour, though this report does not specifically say that it is edible[
]. The fruit emits an unpleasant odour when crushed and stains the fingers brown[
Logs of this species persist in the rainforest for many years and the inner layers never seem to dry out. If dry logs can be found they make very good kindling for billy fires. In fact many billy boiling competitions have been won by using shavings and kindling from this species[
A very durable timber, it has been used in high hazard areas such as window sills, boat decking, house stumps and fence posts[
]. The wood is soft, easy to work and easy to cut in any direction and so has always been highly regarded as a carving timber, particularly in industry to carve patterns[
]. The wood is used in furniture making and woodcarving[
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