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Indigenous Australian Plants
Information about indigenous plants found in Mentone, Victoria and Australia
"At least half the food eaten by the first Australians came from plants, and it was the task of women to collect them. Fruits, seeds and greens were seasonal, but roots could usually be dug up all year round, because the earth acted as a natural storage cupboard....
The particular plants eaten or used as medicine varied in different parts of Australia." (Gott, 2018)
Indigenous plants | Medicinal plants: Books
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This is a practical guide to using the local native plants of the area of Melbourne colloquially known as the 'Sandbelt'. Indigenous plants are those that occurred in an area prior to European settlement.
The book is unique, spanning the gap between botany and indigenous studies. It differs from other published Australian'bushtucker'overviews by treating the study of plants as a window upon which to delve into Aboriginal culture. The topic of Aboriginal use and perception of plants is vast and therefore far too large for full treatment of all regions in a single volume. Nevertheless, this book offers an overview to assist readers appreciate the depth of indigenous ecological knowledge about the environment.
"The early fruits that form are at first yellow or green and highly poisonous, but can be eaten when they are at their ripest, turning a blood-orange colour. The fruit contains high levels of the alkaloid solanine, which can be infused from the leaves with hot water to create steroids."