Food and other Ngadjonji uses of Rainforest Plants and Animals

Ngadjon Names and Uses of some Rainforest Plants

Alphabetical List of Scientific Names

Plants A-D Plants E-I Plants J Plants K-Z

barrga

Calamus caryotoides

Fish-tail Lawyercane
barrga
Photo - John Wrigley © ANBG
The Lawyer Cane most widely used for making baskets and for ties which could be used in mija construction and for other purposes.
See Basketmaking and Lawyercanes.
bibiya

Archontophoenix alexandrae

Alexandra Palm
bibiya
Photo - M.Huxley
The tree was cut down and the heart (growing point) chopped out, cooked on the coals of a fire and eaten Said to taste like cabbage.
The leaves were used for thatching mija and the large sheath at the base of the leaf made a useful all-purpose carrier.
bunban  

Endiandra insignis

Hairy Walnut
bunban
© William T. Cooper 1994
The kernel of the fruit was processed for starchy food. Posinious without processing.
See Food Processing.
bunyji

Ficus destruens

Boonjie Fig, Rusty Fig
bunyji
© William T. Cooper 1994
The ripe fruits were eaten fresh or cooked.
The sticky sap was smeared on suitable perching branches to trap birds.
dagurrba  

Ficus congesta

Red Leaf Fig
dagurrba
© William T. Cooper 1994
The ripe fruits were eaten fresh.
Strips of inner bark were hand-rolled to make string.
danggaja

Athertonia diversifolia

Atherton Oak
danggaja
© William T. Cooper 1994
The kernel of ripe fruits (didaja) was eaten fresh.
A favourite food for white-tailed rats.
dawurrga

Mammea touriga

Brown Touriga
dawurrgaa
© William T. Cooper 1994
The ground seed was used as a bait for turkey traps.
See Animal Foods.
dunu

Prunus turneriana

Almondbark
dunu
© William T. Cooper 1994
The poisonous kernel was processed to provide a starchy food. See Food Processing.
The flesh of the fruit was used raw for treating toothache.
Wood from the flange buttresses was used for making boomerangs. See Weapons and Tools.

Plants E-I