Herb: Huon Pine
Latin name: Lagarostrobus franklinii
Synonyms: Dacrydium franklinii
Family: Podocarpaceae (Podocarpus Family)
Edible parts of Huon Pine:The source of an essential oil, called Huon pinewood oil, that has been recommended for the production of vanillin. This can be used as a flavouring in ice creams, confectionery, beverages etc. It is usually obtained by steam distillation of the wood.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Banks of rivers and swampy flats to 750 metres.
Other uses of Huon Pine:The essential oil (see above) is also used in medicinal soaps, toilet water, as a preservative in casein paints etc. Wood - fairly hard, straight grained, light, soft, strong, aromatic. It is very durable, containing a strongly scented resin that repels insects. Used for construction, furniture etc.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in a freely draining compost. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 20°C. Another report says that the seed can be very slow to germinate and that it is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible.
Cultivation of Huon Pine:Banks of rivers and swampy flats to 750 metres.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Lagarostrobus franklinii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.