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fine-leafed beefwood or forest wax tree, Grevillea coriacea

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Forest wax tree, Grevillea coriacea


Uw Olkola elder digging up forest wax tree roots with an axe near Middle Creek in the Alice-Mitchell Rivers National Park.

The fine-leafed beefwood or forest wax tree, Grevillea coriacea (family Proteaceae), is a characteristic tree of the open woodland and grassland of central Cape York Peninsula.

This tree is highly valued as a source of high quality "wax." Certain types of trees, including this one, have a resin on the bark of their roots which may be removed, processed, and used as a wax. By tapping around the base of a tree it is possible to tell where the good roots are. After the roots are dug up they are heated over a campfire. After being heated the resin is scraped off with a stick. The resin is continually processed until it reaches an appropriate purity and consistency for use. See the Plant usage page for more information on the uses of plant products in traditional industry.

This tree is also a "calendar plant." When the blossoms come out the lily seeds are ready to be collected.

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