Blackwood (acacia melanoxylon)

Commonly known as the Australian blackwood, is a member of the wattle family native in South eastern Australia. The species is also known as Blackwood, hickory, mudgerabah, Tasmanian blackwood, or blackwood acacia. It is valued for its decorative timber which has many uses including wood panels, furniture, fine cabinetry, tools, boats, inlayed boxes, wooden kegs, musical instruments and in boat building. It is moderately blunting to work with tools, bends well. The wood is easily stained and produces a high-quality finish. It is approximately the same quality as walnut and is well-suited for shaping with steam. Indigenous Australians derive an analgesic from the tree. Other uses include twigs and bark used to poison fish as a way of fishing and as a fire barrier plant, amongst other plants, in rural situations.

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