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Grevillea robusta

AuthorityA. Cunn.
Common namesaustralian silver oak, australiese silwereik, silky oak
Ecocrop code1170

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A handsome medium-sized to tall evergreen or semi-deciduous tree 12-30 m or up to 37 m in height, while the trunk may reach a diameter of 80-100 cm. In open situations the crown is pyramidal to conical in shape and has an open canopy. USES The handsome wood is used for cabinetwork, furniture, paneling, interiors, and parquetry. It is also used for railway crossties, plywood paneling, boxes, face veneer and paper pulp. It makes a good firewood. It is planted as an ornamental and shade tree along streets and highways and as shade in tea and coffee plantations. It is a good source of honey. A gum exudes from the trunk. Mentioned as a possible agroforestry species. It can be used as an indoor ornamental in temperate climates. KILLING T Mature trees can withstand occasional frosts to about -10°C, but young trees are frost sensitive. GROWING PERIOD Fast-growing perennial. Growing 130-270 days per year. Can reach a height of 20 m in 15-20 years. Withstands droughts of 6-8 months. COMMON NAMES Silky oak, Silk oak, Roble de seda, Grevillea, Southern silky-oak, Grevilea, Roble australiano, Carvalho, Sedosa, Mwangati, Bahekar, Bekkar. FURTHER INF Silky oak is indigenous to subtropical coastal areas of New South Wales and Queensland in Australia. Its natural latitudinal range in Australia is 27-36°S. In the tropics
SOURCES (G. robusta A. Cunn. ex R. Br.)
Little E 1983 pp 171-173 [USE, RAIN, KTMP, TEXT, PH]
Webb D 1984 pp 185 [RAIN, TEMP, TEXT, PH, DRA, DEP, LIG, USE]
AGLS A 1991 pp 31
Edwards S 1984 pp 223
Troup R 1921 pp 798
National RC 1980 pp 86
National RC 1983c pp 69 [TEMP, RAIN, TEXT, DRA]
Boland D 1984 pp 606-609 [TEMP, KTMP, RAIN, TEXT, DRA, FER, DEP]
Hensleight T 1988 pp 379 [TEMP, RAIN, TEXT, DEP, DRA, USE]