Scientific Name:

Gonystylus spp. (Family: Thymelaeaceae)  

General Description:

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.  

Timber Description:

  • 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

Spot Characters:

  • 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.