Common Name: Johnstone River Hardwood
Backhousia bancroftii is an evergreen shrub or a medium to tall tree[
The tree is harvested from the wild for commercial use as a timer in Australia.
Australia - northeast Queensland
Well developed rain forest, at times forming almost pure, even aged stands; at elevations up to 700 metres[
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Backhousia bancroftii is a plant of lowland rainforests in northeast Australia.
Species in this genus generally prefer a moist but well-drained fertile soil and a position in full sun[
The wood is of a light-grey colour, becoming rather dark towards the centre in large trees. It has a close and generally interlocked grained, hard, somewhat like teak, splits straight and freely. It is fairly durable exposed to the weather and also when in contact with the soil in well-drained locations. It is slightly difficult to work by hand, but machines well, and has been milled to flooring, for which purpose it has excellent wearing qualities. In the green condition it has been used in building construction as plates, studs and joists. It is a useful general purpose construction timber[
Seed - it is difficult to germinate[
]. Surface sow onto a moist medium, standing the seed tray in almost half its depth of clean water and maintain a temperature around 16 - 18c[
]. Seedlings take about 12 months to develop fully. When seedlings are about 5mm tall, remove the tray from the water, leave for 4 - 5 days and then prick the seedlings out into individual containers[
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood with a heel[
]. Slow to make roots[
Small lower branches often touch the ground and form roots. These can be severed from the parent plant, and planted elsewhere[
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