Aboriginal Heritage - Melville
Aboriginal name(s): Mooja, Mutdhoor
Scientific name: Nuytsia floribunda
- The roots of this tree have edible, juicey suckers, which maybe either of a bitter or sweet taste.
- The yellow bark of the succulent root/ sucker was removed before it was eaten.
- A raw, sweet gum oozed from the tree trunks, after slabs of the wood was removed for the making of shields. Families would return sometime after this activity to collect & eat the gum.
- The blossoms of the Nuytsia floribunda were collected and soaked in water to make a sweet drink.
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