Common Name(s): Gidgee, stinking wattle, purple gidgee
Scientific Name: Acacia cambagei
Distribution: Endemic to Australia
Tree Size: 20-40 ft (6-12 m) tall,
1 ft (.3 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 72 lbs/ft3 (1,150 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .93, 1.15
Janka Hardness: 4,270 lbf (18,990 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 18,850 lbf/in2 (130.0 MPa)*
Elastic Modulus: 2,683,000 lbf/in2 (18.50 GPa)*
Crushing Strength: 10,150 lbf/in2 (70.0 MPa)*
*Conservative values based on strength group/bracket
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.0%, Tangential: 5.1%,
Volumetric: 9.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.3
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is medium to dark reddish brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sharply demarcated sapwood is yellow. Curly figuring is also seen on some pieces, and is called “ringed gidgee.”
Grain/Texture: No data available.
Rot Resistance: No data available.
Workability: No data available.
Odor: No characteristic odor.
Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with gidgee. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Pricing/Availability: No data available.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: No data available.
Porosity: diffuse porous
Arrangement: solitary and radial multiples
Vessels: medium to large, few to moderately numerous; tyloses and mineral/gum deposits common
Parenchyma: vasicentric, banded
Rays: narrow, normal spacing
Lookalikes/Substitutes: No data available.
Notes: Heartwood fluoresces under blacklight.