Geijera salicifolia Schott
It is a small to medium-sized tree up to 30 m tall. The bole is irregularly cylindrical, branchless for up to 15 m, 100 cm in diameter, not prominently flanged at base.
A timber species, which in New Guinea is mainly confined to the Bulolo/Wau region of Morobe Province. It is a subcanopy tree, occurs in monsoon forests and dry to wet lowland forests or lower montane rainforests, from the sea level up to 1,200 m of altitu
It is a native of Queensland from Tweed River to Atherton district, occurs also in Marobe District of Papua New Guinea.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Vessels per mm2 more than 20 (very abundant). Simple perforation plates. Occasionally intervessel pits small, 7 micras or less. Intervessel pits Axial parenchyma absent or extremely rare, non visible with magnifying glass (8x). Occasionally apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Occasionally paratracheal axial parenc 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Occasionally rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Ray height more than 1 mm. Occasionally larger rays more than 4 seriate. Occasionally sheath cells. Body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cel Septate fibers present. Fibers very thin walled. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The wood has a leathery or lemon odor and greasy nature.
The sapwood varies in color from straw to yellow. The heartwood is yellow-brown.
This species is reported to have straight grain.
The wood is typically fine in texture.
It is reported to be moderate in luster.
This timber is durable and can be used for exterior purposes. It is also reported to be resistant to termites but the sapwood is susceptible to Lyctus.
The heartwood is reported to be extremely resistant to preservative treatment.
Ease of Drying: Drying is slow. Air drying of 25 mm thick boards about 2 months. Drying Defects: Some tendency to warp and end split is reported. Kiln Schedules: Schedule recommended for Nyatoh.
Machining operations are rather difficult.
It is very difficult to nail, rendering pre-boring essential.
The wood is difficult to work but with care finishes smoothly to a lustrous surface.
EXTERIOR GENERAL, bridges, poles, crossties, HOUSING GENERAL, flooring, TURNING, cutlery, SPORTS, TOOLS, tool handles, agricultural tools, CONTAINERS, truck bodies, truck flooring, NAVAL CONSTRUCTION, boats, boat deck, port pillar, OTHER AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, handicrafts