Premna acuminata (Firestick tree)
PHOTO TAKEN IN FEBRUARY ALONG GUBINGE RD. ON THE FOOTPATH TRACK
Premnon, the bole or stump of a tree. Acutus, sharpened or drawn out to a long narrow point.
Uses: Wood for fire sticks.
Wood and bark as splints for broken bones.
Large twigs heated and used to make mens initiation scars.
· Has rough bark on lower trunk, but smooth white skin on upper branches.
· Wood makes excellent fire - sticks.
Spreading tree to 5m; bark white, corky, longitudinally fissured; young stems hairy becoming glabrous; leaves green above, greyish green below, broadly cordate-ovate, acuminate, entire or coarsely and irregularly toothed, hairy on both sides; flowers orange, in a lax panicle of cymes; fruit a depressed, gobular, succulent drupe, black when ripe.
In pindan and vine thicket around Broome, Whimbrel Point and Gallen Well. Also occurs in NT and Qld.
Bardi name = ngalinginkil. Yawuru name = ngarnamin'gil. Wood used for spears and firesticks.
There is a specimen in Melbourne Herbarium collected by Allan Hughan at Beagle Bay in 1869.
Flowering December - March.