Trade Names: Silky Oak, Lacewood
Country of origin: Australia
Occurrence: Grows in the subtropical, mountainous coastal forests of northern Queensland (Australia).Other species related to Silky Oak are Grevillea robusta (Southern Silky Oak) and Ortis excelsa (Eastern Australia).
Uses: Exceptionally decorative veneer wood; particularly beautiful surfaces are achieved in quarter sawing by strikingly regularly arranged medullary rays (mirror effect, similar to oak). Also used for interior finishing and parquet production.
Character: The wood is characterized by strikingly wide medullary rays, the wood is beautifully mottled and grained and has a silky glossy surface. It is one of the most beautiful and versatile woods in Australia.
Special Features: Silky Oak’s resemblance to real oak is due to the pith rays visible depending on the cut surface, and the reddish-brown color of somewhat resembles the coloring of red oak. Like oak, it has a rather coarse texture, but is about a third lighter in weight.