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The Parent genus is - Nestegis

Woody Species Nestegis cunninghamii

Common name(s): Black maire, Maire raunui

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General Data for Species Nestegis cunninghamii

Authority - (Hook.f.) L.A.S.Johnson Varieties, cultivars, Hybrids, Subspecies -
Common Names - Black maire, Maire raunuiSynonyms -
Gymnosperm or Angiosperm? AngiospermCommercial wood? - Commercial
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Plant forms - TreeTypical sizes of plant - 20m tall, 1.5m dia.
Seasoning - Stability - . Seasons well
General Description - Black maire is hard (probably New Zealand’s hardest wood) heavy and strong, and mature black maire is extremely durable. Black maire seasons quite well with minimal distortion, but slowly because of its density, and slabs more than 50mm thick are prone to checking, especially if not dried slowly or where there is a mix of heart- and sap-wood. While the sap-wood is creamy in colour, the heart-wood has an often beautifully figured even grain, and is a rich yellow-brown to dark brown, often with black streaks.When cut black maire has a pleasant beeswax smell, and it needs to be worked with very sharp tools, but will produce an excellent finish with minimal sanding, and its natural waxiness results in a highly polished surface. It is especially suitable for making fine furniture, cabinetry, and, particularly, woodturning. Woodturners favour it because of its attractiveness and ability to produce a good finish straight from the chisel, and takes finishes well (wax finishes being particularly suitable). Its tendency to produce hair cracks can produce some challenges. It is one of the world’s best timbers for ornamental turnery as it details well without sanding. Paper-thin translucent work can be produced if turned green (wet).
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World Distribution - Endemic to New Zealand. Also Norfolk Island, Hawaii
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