A eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus pilularis, native to Australia. Blackbutt trees produce a hardwood that is similar in appearance to oak. However, the wood can have a greasy feel and tends to warp and crack. Blackbutt timber is used for tool handles and small turned articles, but it is mainly cut commercially for its abundant oil. The pungent eucalyptus oil is used in pharmaceuticals, as an antiknock agent in gasoline and for the manufacture of menthol.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 382
- F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965