Bush Tucker Plants and their Uses

 

GENUS/SPECIES COMMON NAME FOOD USE ABORIGINAL USE
Acacia longifolia Sydney Golden Wattle green seeds steamed in pods y
Acmena smithii Creek Lillypilly fruit y
Alpinia caerulea Ginger edible fruit, young root tips y
Araucaria bidwilli Bunya Nut nuts y
Archirhodomyrtus becklari Rose Myrtle edible fruits
Arthropodium milleflorum Vanilla Lily small fleshy roots edible
Austromyrtus dulcis Midyim berries can be eaten raw y
Backhousia citriodora Lemon Myrtle leaves for tea, flavouring y
Baeckea virgata Twiggy Myrtle leaves a tea substitute y
Banksia spp. Banksias nectar soaked from flowers overnight y
Billardiera scandens Apple Berry ripe purple fruits
Brachychiton populneus Kurrajong roasted seeds y
Callistemon spp. Bottlebrush stamens for tea
Cissus antarctica Kangaroo Vine raw berries eaten y
Cupaniopsis spp. Tuckaroo edible orange fruit y
Davidsonia pruriens Davidson's Plum juicy purple fruit y
Davidsonia pruriens Davidson's Plum juicy purple fruit y
Diplogottis campbelii Tamarind pulp of fruit for drinks and jams
Eucalyptus gummifera Red Bloodwood nectar soaked from flowers y
Ficus spp. Figs ripe fruit eaten y
Gahnia spp. Saw Sedges leaf buds and seeds ground to flour y
Grevillea spp. Grevilleas nectar soaked from flowers y
Hardenbergia violacea Sarsaparilla leaves a tea substitute y
Hibiscus heterophyllus Native Rosella flower buds, young shoots raw or cooked y
Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia Bopple Nut similar to macadamia usage
Leptospermum petersonii Lemon-Scented Tea Tree leaves a tea substitute y
Linospadyx monostachys Walking Stick Palm edible fruits
Lomandra confertifolia Mat Rush flowers eaten y
Lomandra longifolia Mat Rush white leaf bases eaten y
Macadamia spp. Macadamia Nut nuts y
Melaleuca spp. Paperbarks flowers sucked or soaked for drink y
Melastoma affine Blue Tongue sweet (sometimes bitter) fruit y
Mentha spp. Native Mints aromatic herbs
Microcitrus australasica Finger Lime sour citrus fruit raw or crushed for drink y
Podocarpus spp. Plum Pines purplish stalk of fruit eaten y
Prostanthera incisa Cut-Leaf Mint Bush dried leaves used for flavouring
Randia fitzalanii Yellow Mangasteen raw yellow fruit y
Sollya heterophylla Bluebell Creeper small black fruits y
Syzygium luehmanni Riberry bright red fruits with spicy taste y
Syzygium spp. Lilly Pilly pink fruits great for jam
Tasmannia spp. Pepper Tree leaves and seeds used for flavouring
Tetragona tetragonoides Warrigal Greens blanched leaves used like spinach y
Viola hederacea Native Violet flowers can be used in salads
Wahlenbergia spp. Bluebell flowers can be used in salads

 


 

Eremophila 'Kalbarri Carpet'

H:    groundcover to 30 cm

W:   2-3 m

Attractive grey foliage, profuse display of orange-yellow tubular flowers in spring and summer.

Full sun or part shade position in free draining soil. Hardy.