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The stems and leaves of the alothamnus quadrifidus plant.
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Acacia urophylla

Botanical name: Acacia urophylla

Common name: Pointed leaved acaciea/tall leaved acacia/ veined wattle, net-leaved wattle

Description: Erect, slender, open shrub, 0.6 -5 m high. Flowers are yellow/cream-white from May to Oct.

Soil/habitat: Often in lateritic soils. Along creeks & rivers, damp places.

Anigozanthos flavidus leaves

Tall Kangaroo Paw

Botanical name: Anigozanthos flavidus

Common name: Tall Kangaroo Paw, Evergreen Kangaroo Paw

Description: Rhizomatous, perennial, herb, 0.5-3m high. Flowers are yellow-green/brown-red from Nov to Dec or Jan.

Soil/habitat: Grey or yellow sand, clay, gravel. Drainage lines, fringing wetlands, roadside gutters.

Cultural use: The roots were eaten either raw or roasted in hot ashes. Sometimes roots were ground into a paste which was then formed into cakes and baked in hot ashes.

Close up of the anigozanthos manglesii flower.

Mangles Kangaroo Paw

Botanical name: Anigozanthos manglesii

Common name: Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

Noongar name: Kurulbrang, Nollamara, Yonga Marra, Knulbora

Description: Rhizomatous, perennial, herb, 0.2-1.1m high. Flowers are green & red from Aug to Nov.

Soil/habitat: White, yellow or grey sand, sandy loam.

Cultural use: The roots were eaten either raw or roasted in hot ashes. Sometimes roots were ground into a paste which was then formed into cakes and baked in hot ashes.

Multiple baumea preissii plants in pots with long lime green leaves.

Broad Twig Sedge

Botanical name: Baumea preissii

Common name:  Broad Twig Sedge

Description: Large rhizomatous perennial sedge, 1.5m high. Flowers are brown from September to October.

Soil/habitat: Watercourses, lakes and swamps.

The plant billardiera fusiformis in a growing tray.

Bluebell Creeper

Botanical name: Billardiera fusiformis

Common name: Bluebell Creeper

Noongar name: Cummock, Kummuck

Description: Sturdy climber. Flowers are Blue/white/pink from Nov to Dec or Jan to Feb.

Soil/habitat: Coastal areas, disturbed water crossing sites.

Cultural use: Blue berries are fleshy and a rich source of Vitamin C. The fruit can be eaten when they turn a transparent pink colour.

Yellow and light green leaves of the calothamnus quadrifidus plant.

One-sided Bottlebrush

Botanical name: Calothamnus quadrifidus

Common name: One-sided Bottlebrush

Noongar name: Kwowdjard, Quietjat

Description: Erect, compact or spreading shrub, 0.9-2m high. Flowers are red/white-yellow from Jun to Dec.

Soil/habitat: Wide variety of soils & habitats.

Cultural use: Flowers were a good source of nectar and were either sucked directly or soaked in water to make a sweet drink, often left to ferment to become an alcoholic drink.

Eucalyptus caesia red flowers with yellow tips of the stamens.

Gum Tree

Botanical name: Eucalyptus caesia

Common name: Gum Tree

Description:  Ornamental tree, 6-8m. Flowers are large pink-red blossoms with yellow stamens from May to Oct. Attracts nectar eating birds, insects.

Soil/habitat:Well drained, sandy, clay, loamy, sandy loam, clay loam, poor soil.

Round bright, red hakea laurina flowers in the shape of a ball with white stamen extending on all sides.

Pincushion Hakea

Botanical name: Hakea laurina

Common name: Pincushion Hakea

Description: A large shrub to small tree, 2-5m. Flowers are white, cream, red, pink from May to Oct. Attracts nectar eating birds, butterflies, insects.

Soil/habitat:Well drained, sandy, loamy, sandy loam, clay loam.

Dark green and red leaves with yellow flowers of the Hibiscus tiliaceus rubra plant.

Cottonwood Hibiscus

Botanical name: Hibiscus tiliaceus Rubra

Common name: Cottonwood Hibiscus

Description: Hardy tropical tree with large heart shaped leaves, up to 5m high and 3.5m width. Flowers are yellow from late winter to spring.

Soil/habitat:Most soil types including clay and salt tolerant.

Leaves of the kennedia prostrata bush

Running Postman

Botanical name: Kennedia prostrata

Common name: Running Postman

Noongar name: Wollung, Pulbarn, Kuralo, Wollong

Description: Prostrate or twining shrub.

Soil/habitat: Usually sandy gravelly soils.

Cultural use: The flowers provide a source of sweet nectar that can be sucked straight from the flower. Leaves are used to make a tea-like drink, which has a pleasant liquorice flavour. Nectar was used to soothe sore throats.