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Scrub Beefwood

Stenocarpus salignus
Scrub Beefwood

This bushy tree can be readily recognized by the distinct longituinal veins on most of the leaves. As well as the midvein, there is a long vein on either side, half way between the midvein and the leaf margin. The dark-green, alternate leaves have smooth edges and they narrow towards both ends; the tip can be blunt or pointed. The leaves can vary both in size and shape.

The clusters of white, fragrant flowers resemble those of some Grevilleas (spider flowers), are very beautiful in the summer and attract various honeyeaters. The fruit ripens in autumn and winter. It is dry and narrow, opening along one edge, with many thin, flat seeds. The plant can be grown from cuttings or from fresh or stored seed, which germinates in 2-5 weeks.

Scrub Beefwood can grow to 20 m tall and its timber is useful for making furniture. Many of the large trees around Robertson were cut for timber. However, young trees appear to be quite common so, with more planting, the species could once again become widespread.

Distribution: Murramarang National Park (NSW) to Rockhampton (Qld).