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LIST OF PUBLISHED NOTES AND PAPERS
ARTHUR SIDNEY OLLIFF.
Description of the Larva of Lamophlæus ferrugineus, Steph. Entomola jist London, 1882.
illustrations, On the Coleopterous Genus H loprramecus, Curtis, with descriptions of three Species occurring in
Britain, Entomolojiet, 1883. Descriptions of thres New Species of Coleoptera (Nitidulidae) from Ceram. Entomologist, 1883, rith
illustrations. Descriptions of two Larvæ and new Genera an 1 Species of Clavicorn Coleoptera, and a Synopsis of the
Genus Helota, Macl. Ci-tula Ent. London, 1883, with a plate. Remarks on a small collection of Clavicorn Coleoptera from Börneo, with descriptions of New Species.
Trans. Ent. Soc. London, 1983, Description of a new species of Higonius. Journ. Linn. Soc. London, 1883. Additional Notes on the Genus Helota, Macl., and a Synonymic List of the describe l species. Cistula
Ent. London, 1831. Notices of New Species of Nitidulide and Trogositi la from the Eastern Archipelago, in the collection
of the Leyden Museum, Notes Leyd. Mus. Leyden, 1834. Description of a New Species of Prostomis (Cucujidx) from Ceylon, and a short account of its Larra
Notes Leyd. Mus. Leyden, 1881. Description of an African species of the Coleopterous Genus Helota, Macl. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., 1884. Descriptions of two New Species of Nitidulidæ from Sumatra. Notes Loyd. Mus. Leyden, 1581. Notes on the life-history of Purphyraspis tristi", a palm-infesting Cassidı from Brazil. Trans, Ent.
Soc. London, 1881, with an illustration, On a remarkable New Genus of Cucujidæ from Brazil. Ent. Mo. Mag. xxi London, 1884. Notes on certain Ceylonese Coleoptera (Clavicornia) described by the late Mr. Francis Walker. Piec.
Linn. Soc. N.S.W., X, Sydney, 1885.
N.S.W., x, 1885.
Australia, No. 1-New Species of Carrbidae ;
N.S.W., x, 1835. A new Butterfly of the Family Lycenidæ from the Blue Mountains. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., x, 1885. Remarks on Australian Ptinidæ and descriptions of new Genera and Species. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W.,
x, 1885. Description of a New Species of Schizorrhina (Cetoniidæ) from West Australia. Cistuli Ent. London,
1585. Description of a new Aphanipterous Insect from New South Wales. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2nd Ser.),
1, 18%. A Revision of the Staphylinidæ of Australia. Part i, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2nd Ser.), 1, 1886, with a
Contributions towards a Knowledge of the Coleoptera of Australia, No.3--On the Genus Nascio. Proc.
Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), 1, 1886.
and Species of demeridæ. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), 11, 1887.
Note on a specimen of Peripatus found at Cassilis, New South Wales. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), II,
Report on a small Zoological Collection from Norfolk Island. Insecta. Byou. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2),
II, 1987. On a new lielus from the Blue Mountains. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), II, 1887, with a plate. Giant Lepidopterous Larvæ in Australia. Entomologist London, 1888. Short Life-histories of Nine Australian Lepidoptera. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. London, 1888, with a plate. On Rhopalovera from the vicinity of Mt. Bellenden-Ker, Queensland. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), 111,
1885 On Two Instances of Colour Variation in Butterflies. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), III, 1888, with an
illustration. ('ontributions towards a Koowledg; of the Coleoptera of Australia, No. 5-On Certain Species belonging
to Unrecorded Genera. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), 111, 1888. Australian Butterflies : a Brief Account of the Native Families, with a Chapter on ('ollecting and Pie.
serving Insects. Sydney, 1839, with wood-cuts. The Insect Fauna of Lord Howe Island, with a plate. Lord Howe Island ; its Zoology, Geology, and
Physical Characters. Sydney, 1889. Description of a New Moth of the Genus Phyllodos. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), iv., 1889. Claricomnia and Rhynchophora from high altitudes, being a portion of the Natural History Appendix
to Mr. Edward Whymper's bcok on the Andes of Ecuador; edited by H. W. Bates, F.R.S., London. Additions to the Entomological Appendix of Oates' "Matabele Land and the Victoria Falls." "Matabele
land, &c." 2nd Edition, London. Nex Species of Lampyride, including a Notice of the Mt. Wilson Firefly. Sydney. On Rhopalosera from Mount Kosciusko, N. S. Wales. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 1831. Pielus hyalinatus and P, imperialis. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 18:9. Note on Atyphella lychnus. I'roc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 1889. Stray Notes on Lepidoptera. No. 1. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 1990. Contributions towards a Knowle Ige of the Coleoptera of Australia. No. VI. New Lamellicornia and
Longicornia. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 1890. Stray Notes on Lepidoptera. No. 2. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 1891. Additions to the Insect Fauna of Lord Howe Island, and description of two new Australian Colecpteri
Record of the Australian Museum, 1890. On a species of Moth (Epicrocis terebruns) destructive to Re 1 Cedar and other Timber Trees in N, S.
Wales. Records of the Australian Museum, 1890.
The following original Memoirs dealing with Economic Entoinology appeared
in the Agricultural Gazette :The Codling Moth (Carcocapsa pomonella, Linn.), and (Cacaccia post vittana, Walker), with plates. Vol. I,
page 3. The Maize Moth (Heliothris armigera, Hüb.). The Bugong Moth (Agrotis spina, Gn.) on Maize, with
plates. Vol. I, page 125. The Elephant Beetle (Orthorrhinus cylindrirostris, Fabr.). The Leaf-eating Ladybird (Epilachna
vigintioctopunctata, Fabr.), with plates and figs. Vol. I, pige 278. The Grain-weevil (Cillandra orizæ, Linn.). The Plague-locust (Pachytylus australis, Bruun.), with
plates. Vol. I, page 284.
Further remarks on Saltbush Scale (Pulpinaria Maskelli, 011.), with description of new Noctuid Moth
living upon it (Thalpochares pulvinarice sp. noc.), with plate and figures. Vol. III, page 176. Bronzy Orange-bug (Oncoscelis sulciventris, Stäl.) Vol. III, page 363. The Banded Pumpkin Beetle (Aulocophora hilaris, Boisd.), and two spottel Monolepta (Monolepta rosca,
Blackb.), with tigs. Vol. III, page 698. A new Longicorn Beetle (Uracanthus cryptophagus) attacking orange trees, with plates. Vol. III. page 895. Report on a visit to the Clarence River district for the purpose of ascertaining the nature and extent of
insect ravages in the Sugar-cane Crops, with plate. Vol. IV, page 373. Two useful Moths (Tlalpochares coccophaga, Meyrick) and (Thalpochares pulvinarie, Olliff), with plates.
Vol. IV, page 683. Beeswax Moths, with plate. Vol. V, page 253. A new friendly Ladybird (Orcus mollipes). Vol. VI, page 30. Some Australian Weevils or Snout-beetles, with plate. Vol. VI, page 258, Australian Entomophytes or Entomogenous Fungi, and some account of their insect hosts, with 4
plates. Vol. VI, page 402.
In addition to the Memoirs above enumerated, he was joint-author with Mr. R. Etheridge, Junr., the Curator of the Australian Museum, of the Mesozoic and Tertiary Insects of New South Wales : R. Etheridge, Junr., and A. S. Olliff, Paleontological Memoirs of the Geological Surrey, Sydney ; and, in conjuncticn with Mrs. Helena Forde, he edited the first four parts of Vol. II of Scott's Australian Lepidoptera.
F. B. G.
Useful Australian Plants.
By J. H. MAIDEN,
No. 20.—BRUSH Box (Tristania conferta, R.Br.). Other vernacular names.-Known as Woolly Butt in the Port Stephens and Manning River districts. Usually known as Box of one sort or another,-Brush box, scrub box, broad-leaved box, white box, bastard box, Brisbane box, red box. It must not be confused with any of the species of Eucalyptus known as box, particularly the grey or forest box (E. hemiphloia).
Aboriginal names.—“Giaboriga " was an aboriginal name in the Bellinger River district, according to Mr. Forester Mecham. “Geria " is an aboriginal name (Cat, London Exh., 1862). At Double Island Point, Queensland, its natire name is “Weerabi,” according to the Hon. W. Pettigrew, M.L.C.
Botanical name.-Tristania, after M. Tristan, a French botanist. Don has a fanciful derivation from the Greek, treis stao, signifying to stand in threes, in allusion to a supposed disposition of the flowers and leaves. Conferta, from the Latin, denoting “close together," the leaves being crowded together on the twigs.
Synonym.- Lophostemon arborescens, Schott:- The tree is generally known as Lophostemon, and is usually sent out by nurserymen under that name; in fact, so well established is this name amongst gardeners and the general public, that many years must elapse before the proper name (Tristania conferta) receives general acceptance amongst others than botanists.
Exudation.—I know of no gum or resin produced by this tree. If any readers of the Gazette have noticed an exudation, they are invited to give particulars in regard to it.
Bark.-This tree has brown, deciduous bark on the butt, with smooth branches. It has been stated that it has been occasionally used for tanning, but it does not appear to promise much in that direction.
Timber. It is prized for its strength and durable qualities. It is sometimes used in the decking of small bridges, since it is not likely to be attacked by dry rot or white ants, while it resists wear, and is light. It dresses well, and some specimens show, when polished, a pretty grain. All species of Tristania timber are difficult to season ; planks and slabs of the wood crack, warp, twist and shell in the most extraordinary manner, unless care be exercised in the time of cutting of the timber and the seasoning. Three perfectly seasoned slabs have the following weights, 59 lb. 2 oz., 61 lb. 4 oz., and 64 lb. 1 oz. per cubic foot. It is the wood universally used in the northern timber districts for tram-rails for logs. In the Kempsey District it is chosen for hewn trolly-wheels ; while it is also used for harrows and bullock-yokes, and also for ship-building. I think there is a future before it for paving-blocks.
The timber wants a little humouring, but it is so exceptionally promising as regards durability and resistance to wear, that it is worthy of pains being taken to give it fair play. With the knowledge we possess of Myrtaceous timbers, to cut brush box when in full growth, and then to expose it to the rays of the sun as we often feel them in New South Wales, is not to give it fair play.
“One of the most valuable timbers in the Colony on account of its durability ; it is averred on credible authority that instances are known of this timber remaining perfectly sound after being nearly thirty years worked up as ribs of vessels.... Used for scantling, flooring-boards, &c." (N.S.W. Catal., London Exh., 1862.)
"I would suggest it as worth trying for large wood type-making and similar purposes, as it does not crack. It is excellent for bullock-yokes. It is generally said to twist very much when in boards, but at Coopernook Sawmill I saw last week (June) boards of it 1 inch thick, which had been exposed for months, and had not warped ; also rails of it laid down as a tramway for bringing logs to the saw-mill, in moist ground (and for months swampy), in use for four years, and now perfectly sound, and has worn well. It is excellent for paving blocks. White ants will not touch it, whether it be alive or dead; the sap which runs out of a knob or swelling in a living tree, when cut with an axe, is said to taste strongly of salt.” (Mr. Forester Brown, Port Macquarie.)
“Scrub box has lately come much into use, and is considered a very useful and durable timber; free from pipe and very sound.” (Mr. Forester Green, Casino.)
" Timber of a brownish colour, sometimes yellowish, turning grey on exposure, or generally so when dry; hard, heavy, and interlocked; used for ribs and planking of ships; very hard when dry. Considered to be very lasting (as I have observed), but said, however, by some not to be very reliable when used for the decking of -bridges. Shrinks irregularly; when cut into thin stuff is liable to twist and warp. Unequalled when subject to friction; makes the best bardwood rails to carry trucks, and is excellent also for bullock yokes. The tree as a rule is sound, but some of them are liable to heart-shakes in the falling. As the cutting of this timber soon dulls the saws, it is not a favourite with the mill-owners.” (Mr. Forester Rudder, Booral.)
“ Timber more interlocked than that of any (sic.) of the eucalypts, being too short in the texture to split well, though sometimes will burst freely on the sap. It makes good mauls, being heavy and dense. As a mine timber (for props, &c.), it can scarcely be surpassed. It takes a fair polish, and is very durable and forms splendid fuel.” (Mr. Forester Deverill, Glen Iones.)
“ Useful for ships' planking and decking of bridges, &c. It is one of our best hardwoods, although not liked by sawyers and mill proprietors.”-(Mr. Forester MacDonald, Kempsey.)
The Hon. W. Pettigrew, of Brisbane, writes (August, 1891): "Some of this timber was cut into sleepers for a railway near Double Island Point, Queensland, in 1878, and a few months ago they were examined and found