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Aboriginal Plant Use in SE Australia
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11 Gymea Lily

Doryanthes excelsa

Habitat: Coast and adjacent plateaus
Season: Summer - Spring flowering

Doryanthes excelsaHoney-eaters love the nectar of these large, crimson flowers on stems 2-3 m tall. These birds were ready prey to be cooked and eaten!

Aboriginal people in the Lake Macquarie district of NSW were observed in 1836 roasting the stems, having cut them when a foot and a half high and as thick as a person's arm. They also roasted the roots which they made into a sort of cake to be eaten cold.

Gymea Lily


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