Supplementary Material Added at the End of Volume 2

No. 37. Part X.

Flindersia maculosa, F.v.M.


(Natural Order MELIACEÆ.)

Synonyms. — See vol. i, p. 210.

In Catal. Queensland Forestry Museum, 1904, there is quoted a Flindersia Strzeleckiana, var. latifolia, — I do not know on what authority, and the following notes are given concerning it: —

Not plentiful, but trees are often met with in southern coastal scrubs, usually in steep rugged country.

A rather small tree, having a grey and dark-brown spotted (leopard-like) bark. Wood yellow, close-grained, very tough and durable. It much resembles Crow's Ash (Flindersia).

Chief Uses. — Not well known, and, consequently, not much used at present, but is, no doubt, very suitable for general building purposes. It bends well, and would make good staves for casks.

Specimens of the opposite leaved form were collected by Mr. R. Etheridge, at Dunlop Station, Louth, New South Wales.

Early growth of the tree. — See vol. i, p. 212.

I have drawn attention to the interesting dimorphism in this species.

In sending me a sketch of Fraxinus oxycarpa, an Ash whose early growth is remarkably like that of Flindersia maculosa, Dr. L. Trabut, of Algiers, gives me the following note. This particular form of dimorphism would appear to be peculiar to desert plants.

We have also Fraxinus dimorpha of the Mountains of the South, which go to 1,700 — 2,200 metres (5,525 — 7,150 feet). It is, I believe, desert-loving, but its growth is very slow. It remains in the state of a spinous bush for fifteen or twenty years, then from the centre of the bush there rises a tree with leaves very different (dimorphic). The indigenes utilise it for cattle-feed.