Aboriginal Heritage - Melville
Aboriginal name(s): Born, Mean, Mardja, Bohn
Scientific name: Haemodoraceae spp
- The bulbs of this plant, which has a mild onion-like flavour, were eaten either raw or roasted.
- The roasted blood-roots would also be used by pounding and blending with bland foods, to improve their flavour.
- In other parts of Australia this plant has been used by Aborigines as a dye.
- Plants of the family Haemodoraceae contain haemocorin which shows promise as a pharmaceutical, having both antitumour and antibacterial properties.
- The common name blood roots was the name used by Europeans because of the blood- red substance that oozed from the bulbs when cut.
- Flowers October to December
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