Acacia spp. of the family Fabaceae, including at least the following:
A. calcicola --- myall gidgee, grey myall
A. cambagei --- gidgee, purple gidgee, spearwood
A. crombei/crombiei --- pink gidgee, purple gidgee
A. georginae --- poison gidgee, georgina gidgee
A. loderi --- broken hill gidgee
A. pruinocarpa --- gidgee, black gidgee
This is an extremely hard, dense wood that is often used for mallets, knife handles, and other tool handles.
In gidgee, curly and fiddelback wood is called "ringed" for some reason.
The wood is coloured green when cut and changes to brown as it dries. When the brown heartwood is exposed to the light it slowly turns purple.
both sides of a sample plank of gidgee / Acacia cambagei --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was contributed to the site by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The first side is sanded only to 100 grit but the 2nd side is sanded to an almost glass-like finish with 400 grit. This is a VERY hard, dense wood