Gonystylus spp. (Family: Thymelaeaceae)
A light hardwood. The trees are small to medium sized with fairly straight boles. The timber is used as the substitute for Beech wood in Europe for the manufacture of furniture.
- Density: 530-785 kg/m3
- Heartwood: white when fresh, becoming yellowish to pale-straw when exposed to the weather
- Sapwood: lighter in colour, poorly defined from the heartwood
- wood light, white or pale-straw in colour
- texture fine and surface fairly featureless
- vessels small
- parenchyma in narrow wing like aliform
The timber has established a reputation as a first class joinery timber. It is suitable for furniture manufacture, panelling, flooring, stringers and stair threads, wooden mathematical instruments, drawing boards, toys, turnery and rotary peeled plywood. It is a much sought after timber for the manufacture of high-grade picture frames.