Brachychiton carruthersii F. v.Mueller
It is a deciduous, small to medium-sized tree up to 35 m tall. The bole is cylindrical, sometimes slightly swollen towards the base, branchless for up to 15 m, up to 75 cm in diameter.
This tree grows scattered in lowland coastal and monsoon forest, often in the transition zone between savanna woodland and lowland forest up to 500 m of altitude.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and shape. Intervessel pits me Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Occasionally apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Occasionally axial parenchyma aliform. Axial parenchyma Occasionally rays less than 4 per mm (rare). Occasionally rays of two distinct sizes. Ray height more than 1 mm. Occasionally larger rays more than 4 seriate. Larger rays more than 4 seriate. Sheath cells. Occasionally body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows Crystals in fibers. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits. Fibers storied.
The heartwood and sapwood are white to cream.
Straight grain is reported in this species.
The texture of the wood is frequently coarse.
The surface of the wood is naturally lustrous.
It is perishable and prone to blue stain and insect damage.
The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservatives, the sapwood is permeable.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is moderate. Drying Defects: Risk of warp and collapse. Kiln Schedules: Schedule proposed for Silkwood Maple.
It is easy to machine.
The wood cannot be planed to a smooth surface.
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