Food and other Ngadjonji uses of Rainforest Plants and Animals

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

jaanggany  

Alstonia
scholaris


Milky Pine
  The soft white wood was used as the base-plate for fire-making. See Firemaking.
The white sticky sap was used as a glue for sticking turkey feathers on the body as a corroboree decoration and applied to seres to help healing.
jidu  

Halfordia scleroxylla

Jitta
  The very hard wood of this tree was used for making swords, spear points, music-sticks, knives and fish-hooks. See Weapons and Tools.
The wood burns very well and was used for firesticks to carry fire from place to place and as torches. See Firemaking.
jiigan  

Lomandra longifolia

Mat Rush
jiigan
G.Steenbeeke © Orkology
The leaves were woven into baskets. See Basketmaking.
The soft white leaf bases were eaten.
jiman

Tetrasynandra laxifolia

Tetra Beech
  This was the preferred wood for the twirling stick used in making fire. See Firemaking.
Also used for spear shafts. See Weapons and Tools.
jubula

Prumnopitys amara

Black Pine
jubula
© William T. Cooper 1994
The starchy kernels were processed (cooked, ground and leached in running water) before being eaten.
See Food Processing.
julu julu

Xanthostemon whitei

Red Penda
  The hard wood was used for spear points and digging sticks. See Weapons and Tools.
jungganyu

Calamus moti

Yellow Lawyer Cane
jungganyu
Photo - John Wrigley © ANBG
A robust Lawyercane used for axe handles, framework of mija and loops to assist tree-climbing. The leaves were often used to thatch mija.
See Shelter and Lawyercanes.
The shoots of young rosette plants were eaten after cooking; said to taste like asparagus. Could have a laxative effect.
junjum

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

Golden Penda
junjum
Photo - Samuel Fesuk
Hardwood used for swords, spear points and digging sticks.
See Weapons and Tools.
juubari

Lepidozamia hopei

Hope's Cycad
juubari
© William T. Cooper 1994
The large toxic seeds were eaten as a staple starchy food after careful processing to remove the poison.
See Food Processing.

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