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Posted on Banksia - A question for LJ's down under.

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#1 posted 11-21-2010 09:18 PM

I believe there are only 2 trees in the Proteaceae family which are native to NZ, none of them are Banksias. You do see them ( the Banksias) and they are sold here but mainly on the N.Island and mainly grown as ornamentals. They all hail, I presume from Australia. The wood is never or very rarely seen.

The 1 native which I am aware of in this family looks very much like the picture you posted. Rewarewa (Knightia Excelsa) but it is very rare to be sold anymore and I have no experience working with it, though it can be found veneered ( doors) or on small turned items ( doorknobs, bottle stops). It appears finely grained and yes, very distinct figure, so use it for show!

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