Aboriginal Uses of Native Plants
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Australian National Herbarium
Aboriginal Plant Use SE Aust
7 Native Cypress-pine
Callitris (various species)
: Inland and coastal woodlands
: All year
Murray River people used the resin from
species as an adhesive for fastening barbs to reed spears and axe-heads to handles.
Axe-head attached with resin from the Native Cypress-pine. These types of axes were used in Victoria, north-western parts of NSW and in Queensland.
From the long branches, they made canoe poles which doubled as fish spears.
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