Aboriginal Heritage - Melville
Scientific name: Family Xanthorrhoeaceae Xanthorroea preissii
- One of four blackboy or grass tree species which grow in Perth.
- The Balga had many uses by Aboriginal people.
- The gum from the flowering spike was made into cakes.
- Bunches of dried leaves were made into torches for hunting at night.
- The leaves were thatched into roofing material for huts ("Myas").
- Bardi grubs were collected from the trunks of dying trees. They were eaten either raw or roasted.
- The dead flower stem was used as a friction instrument to make fire.
- A black resin from the trunk was used as an adhesive to attach spear points to shafts.
- Flowering time is from January to November
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