OUR PLANTS

Our wildflowers can be found in landscapes all across Australia. For thousands of years, they've served to support the natural ecosystem of our lands, and have been used by local Indigenous groups as food, medicine and more. 

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Traditionally, the Kaila plant's seeds were extracted and used for baking. The Kaila plant is found along the coastal areas in Raukkan.

 

Common name: Acacia 

Botanical name: Leucophylla

Kaila

The Winggi Kuranthantha is one of the few native plants to the Coorong region that were used in smoking ceremonies. The ceremony involves the burning of native plants to produce smoke to cleanse the mind and body, acknowledge ancestors and pay respect to mother earth.  

 

Common name: Coastal Daisy 

Botanical name: Olearia Axillairis

Winggi Kuranthantha

The Ngarrindjerri people use the Kildjeri as a source of textiles. The leaves from the plant are ultitised for weaving, etchings, nets, baskets, and other materials.

 

Common name: Yakka Bush

Botanical name: Xanthorrhoea Caespitosa

Kildjeri

The stems or tips of the plant are full of water. They were traditionally used to while travelling long distances, chewing on the stems and tips for hydration.

 

Common name: Sheoak

Botanical name: Allocasuarina Verticillata

Kolgi

The Muwanthi was used as an identification marker for many locations in the Coorong region, for example the Mowantjie Willauwar Conservation Park. It’s thought that because the timber does not rot it was also used for building and hard tools/weapons.

 

Common name: Native pine tree

Botanical name: Callitris Grasscillis

Muwanthi

The Yipti is commonly found in surrounding lakes and was used as a food source for the Ngarrindjeri people. While the whole Yipti was not edible, a stringy like substance similar to cabbage was removed from the centre of the stem and eaten.

 

Common name: Reeds

Botanical name: Phragmites Australis

Yipiti

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When in full flower the Lakari is picked and boiled down. The remaining liquid from this process is used as medicine for sore throats and common colds.

 

Common name: Banksia

Botanical name: Banksia

Lakari

While the Cushion Bush is native to the Coorong region it was never given a specific Ngarrindjeri name until recently. Because of its marshmallow like resemblance it was given the name Lowi which means native marshmallow and Kulpuri means plant.

 

Common name: Cushion Bush

Botanical name: Leucophytaa Brownii

Lowi Kulpuri

The Ngapuri was strategically burned at particular times throughout the year to encourage fresh growth. The Ngarrindjeri people used this as a way of bringing new life to the area in the form of fresh shoots and saplings, which in turn attracted wildlife to the Coorong region for hunting.

 

Common name: Grass

Botanical name: Ptilotus Spathulatus

Ngapuri

Used similarly to the Lakari, the Ngalayi was boiled down when in full flower and used as a medicine for sore throats and common colds.

 

Common name: Yakka Flower

Botanical name: Xanthorrhoea Caespitosa

Ngalayi

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Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation

124 Adelaide Road, MURRAY BRIDGE SA

PHONE: 0451 035 938

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