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Flora of Central Australia - Bush Foods Plants

The arid centre is a vast region with a varied number of habitats, from the sandy desert areas, salt lakes, claypans, gorges, chasms, gaps, and seemingly dry riverbeds that weave across the landscape linking up permanent water holes.

Yet this arid region is home to a variety of plant life, from ancient palms and river red gums to Upside-down Plant and the bright Orange Spade Flower.

Among the many types of plants is a group of plants that have become increasingly popular with cooks and chefs around the world, these are our ‘Bush Food’. Found throughout Australia, there are many species that grow here in Central Australia, providing a staple of diet for the indigenous inhabitants, before the appearance of Europeans.

Following are some images of the bush tucker plants species that can be found in Central Australia.

Extreme care must be taken when identifying edible food plants and those used in bush medicine. Some bush foods are only edible at different stages of the plant cycle, or when treated appropriately. Bush medicine should only be used under the guidance of a qualified physician. Information here is only provided for research. You should always seek experts in the field to confirm the identification of the plant and whether they are edible or appropriate.

Flora Images

Bush Food Plants in Central Australia
Bush Banana (Marsdenia australis) © Greg Sully, August 2007
Bush Banana
Wild Tomato (Solanum orbiculatum subsp.orbiculatum)
Bush Tomato
Bush Food in Central Australia

The arid centre is a vast region home to a variety of plant life, that include a group of plants that have become increasingly popular with cooks and chefs around the world, these are our ‘Bush Food’.

Found throughout Australia, there are many species that grow here in Central Australia, providing a staple of diet for the indigenous inhabitants, before the appearance of Europeans.

Native Fig / Rock Fig (Ficus brachypoda)
Native Fig
Quandong (Santalum acuminatum) © Colin Leel, September 2007
Quandong
Wild Passionfruit (Capparis spinosa var. nummularia)
Wild Passionfruit
 
 
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