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Xanthostemon melanoxylon
Conservation status
Taxonomy
Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum/Division

Magnoliophyta

Class

Magnoliopsida

Order

Myrtales

Family

Myrtaceae

Genus

Xanthostemon

Species

X. melanoxylon

Naming and discovery
Discovered

1958

Xanthostemon melanoxylon is a flowering plant of the Myrtaceae family native to the Solomon Islands in the Isabel province in the rainforests.

Physical descriptionEdit

The plant itself is 35 meters high with brownish-orange bark. The leaves are arranged in a spiral formation.

TubiEdit

The heartwood of X. melanoxylon, known by the locals as tubi is a dark, thick wood. More demand for the tubi has left the species to be conserved.

NamingEdit

It was named for Greek melas -anos, meaning black, and xylon, wood, referencing the dark heartwood, tubi.

ConservationEdit

As demand for the tubi inside the plants increases, more of these plants are being killed. The plant now has a legal paper on protection.

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