I love Australian native flora. This photo is of a native plant most commonly called Burrawang which is an Australian cycad - Macrozamia communis - found in New South Wales. The Aboriginal people of the eastern coast of NSW known as the Cadigal knew of the value of this plant. Their rich diet of fruit and vegetables included the burrawang (Macrozamia), bracken fern, lilly pillies, native passionfruit, native grapes, native mulberry, figs, native yam, kangaroo apples, geebungs, bolwarra and native cherries. Many of these plant foods required extensive pulping, soaking and washing — sometimes for days — to remove toxins. These techniques made it possible to exploit a wide variety of food resources.
This was true of the burrawang the seeds of which contain toxins which the Cadigal people knew how to render harmless.
RESOURCES: Botanic Gardens Trust
Do you have plants that grow native to your area that you love?