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Northern Silky Oak
Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
Northern Silky Oak : Cardwellia sublimis
The Northern Silky Oak is the only one of it's genus, and is restricted to the tropical rainforest of north east Queensland.
Here it can be one of the dominant trees, often standing well above the canopy.
From this height the large, erect wooden hoof shaped fruits (above) can release their seeds into the wind.
This follicle is quite hard, and after it has fallen on to the forest floor, it may remain for some time, and this is where most people first notice this species.
Although the trunk is not always straight, the tree has been one of the most important trees of the Queensland timber industry.
Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide