The Camphor Laurel, being a native species of China, Taiwan and Japan, was introduced into northern N.S.W. and Queensland. Wood workers have utilised its timber in their turning and furniture. Formerly it was only used to construct camphorwood chests. Camphor, a by-product extracted by steam, was used in incense and medicine. Today it is used as an insect repellent and as a plasticiser in celluloid.