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Useful Tropical Plants

Tristaniopsis laurina

(Sm.) Peter G.Wilson & J.T.Waterh.

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

Melaleuca laurina Sm.

Tristania bakeriana Gand.

Tristania laurina (Sm.) R.Br.

Common Name: Water Gum

Tristaniopsis laurina
Cultivated tree
Photograph by: Fagg, M
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Water gum is a slow-growing evergreen tree growing up to 18 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 60cm in diameter[
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.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber. It is planted for ornament in the subtropical areas of its range[
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Title
Growing Native Plants
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http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
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0
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Description
A series of articles giving details of cultivation and matters of general interest (including a few plant uses) on over 250 Australian plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australia - Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland.

Habitat

Creek banks and forest openings[
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Title
Desert Tropicals
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http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
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Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. Moist, well-drained sites[
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Title
Growing Native Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
A series of articles giving details of cultivation and matters of general interest (including a few plant uses) on over 250 Australian plants.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
Growth RateSlow
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A tree of the warm temperate to tropical zones. Trees from the cooler parts of its range are able to tolerate at least some frost[
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Title
Growing Native Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
Publisher
 
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0
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Description
A series of articles giving details of cultivation and matters of general interest (including a few plant uses) on over 250 Australian plants.
].
Prefers a position in full sun, but tolerates light shade[
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Title
Desert Tropicals
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http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
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0
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Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. Tolerates a variety of moist soil types from well-drained rocky soils to heavy clay loams[
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Title
Growing Native Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
Publisher
 
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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The dark coloured wood is hard, tough, and close-grained. The wood is generally sound to the centre; it is very difficult to season, but when dry it is of singular closeness and toughness[
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.
]. It is used for tool handles, cogs of wheels, etc[
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.
]. It is apparently well adapted for all machinery purposes[
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.
].
We have no more specific information for this species, but the heartwood of trees in this genus is generally pink brown, gray brown, red brown, or dark red; the sapwood is pink or red brown, lighter than the heartwood, but not always sharply demarcated. The texture is medium to fine; grain interlocked, sometimes wavy; somewhat lustrous; without characteristic odour or taste[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. The wood is generally difficult to saw and machine because of high density, cutters may dull rapidly; it dresses to a smooth surface; turns excellently[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. The heartwood is generally reported to be resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. It is used for flooring, pallets, heavy construction, specialty items (pulleys, rollers, bearings, sheaves, tool handles)[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed - normally germinates after three or four weeks. No special pre-sowing treatment is needed[
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Title
Growing Native Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
Publisher
 
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.
]. The seed should be sown in a loose, well-drained propagation mix at a depth equal to the diameter of the seed. When the seedlings reach a height of 1 - 2 cm they should be pricked out into a large container until they have grown to a size suitable for planting out[
343
Title
Growing Native Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
Publisher
 
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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