Food and other Ngadjonji uses of Rainforest Plants and Animals

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



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.

Halfordia scleroxylla

  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.

Lomandra longifolia

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

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.

Prumnopitys amara

Black Pine
© 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.

Calamus moti

Yellow Lawyer Cane
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.

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

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

Lepidozamia hopei

Hope's Cycad
© 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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