Warrior Bush

    (Apophyllum anomalum)


Also known as Broom bush, Currant bush

Warrior bush is one of the strangest plants I've come across out here. Rarely more than a small bush, it occasionally develops into a small tree like the specimen at left which is the largest I've come across at about 4 metres high. When it is flowering, it attracts clouds of Caper White butterflies which looks strange for a plant with no foliage to speak of.

Warrior bush timber is surprisingly dense and close grained with a very fine medullary ray. I have only worked the timber green and I suspect it would be extremely hard once fully dry. Any shrinkage or cracking during drying was minimal. The timber turns nicely, sands well and takes a high finish - pity it's such a bland colour! 


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