from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several tropical American trees, especially Calycophyllum candidissimum, having hard, durable, uniformly grained wood.
- n. The wood of this tree, used for construction and cabinet work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tough, elastic and heavy wood obtained from the West Indies and Guiana, formerly much used for carriage shafts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tough, elastic wood, often used for the shafts of gigs, archery bows, fishing rods, and the like. Also, the tree which produces this wood, Duguetia Quitarensis (a native of Guiana and Cuba), and several other trees of the same family (Anonaseæ).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of several trees and of their wood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. durable straight-grained wood of the lacewood tree; used for building and cabinetwork and tools
- n. source of most of the lancewood of commerce
Dominant vegetation is eucalypt woodland with a grassy understory, although lancewood (Acacia shirleyi) and bullwaddy (Macropteranthes keckwickii) vegetation harbors rainforest elements, and small pockets of mesic vegetation are found throughout the ecoregion, in riparian strips and in sheltered gorges of the Bungle Bungles.
The ecoregion includes the most extensive stands of lancewood-bullwaddy found in Australia, but this is generally a fairly depauperate environment.
The relatively dense vegetation cover provided by the lancewood-bullwaddy canopy results in a sparse grass cover, while the extensive canopy cover and infrequency of fire provides an environment which supports forbs, small shrubs and vines with rainforest affinities.
Increased incidence of extensive hot fires may also be leading to the reduction of lancewood-bullwaddy environments.
Variation in vertebrate species composition across the environmental range occupied by lancewood vegetation in the Northern Territory.
The rainforest element is so pronounced that Russell-Smith considered lancewood vegetation to be one of the 16 rainforest types in the Northern Territory.
The mammal fauna includes unusually abundant populations of the spectacled hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes conspicillatus), especially in the lancewood-bullwaddy thickets, and the northern nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea unguifera), especially in grasslands and open woodlands along the margins between black-soil plains and red loamy soils.
In the Kynuna-Winton area of Queensland, mesas formed by resistant tertiary duricrusts are vegetated by stands of lancewood (Acacia shirleyi) and low eucalypt communities with a spinifex (Triodia spp.) groundcover.
The habitat types within these reserves range from eucalypt woodland, chenopod shrubland, bluebush, lancewood, gidgee, and grasslands to Acacia woodlands.
Within a hundred yards the banks are thickly wooded with tall mulga and lancewood scrub; but to the east is open gum forest, splendidly grassed.