Australian Ethnobotany

Pamela Slate
Sat, 07 Feb 2009 12:32:35 PST
Dear Shelly,
Thank you so much for your offer of helping us.  I will print your email and
place it in my arboretum file in case we have further questions.  You can no
doubt guess that we have a climate similar to the dry inland with about 7-15
inches of rain annually, depending.  And we are fortunate to have a botanist on
the committee who has visited Oz.  From what little I know, you indeed do have a
very large range of habitats.  

At my own property, we have several Acacias, no Euchs but everyone else seems
to, several Eremophila spp. and Sennas.  At the arb, we're currently looking for
Macrozamia pp for the Seep, will probably grow out some more Hakeas and wish
hard that we could have Xanthorhoea that pretty well "melts" in our summers.

You no doubt need to import all you bulbs - ?

Thanks again,

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Shelley GAGE
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 6:39 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Australian Ethnobotany

Dear Pam, 
Australia has, as you would know, few native bulbous plants but if I can help
you with info etc on any of our many and varied plants let me please let me
know. I live in South-east Qld and of course we have a wide range of habitats.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jane McGary <>
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:42 am
Subject: Re: [pbs] Australian Ethnobotany
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>

> Pam asked about Australian ethnobotanical information for an 
> exhibit 
> where she volunteers.
> >At Boyce Thompson Arboretum where I volunteer, we're talking 
> about in an
> >Australian Seep exhibit.  In studying a little but very 
> interesting monograph
> >called "Mutooroo," I found the following entries about bulbous 
> >plants but would
> >like to pass on the definition of mutooroo found in the book - 
> "Aboriginal for
> >'place where we go for food'."  The following is verbatim 
> and I will thus, not
> >use quotes:
> >
> >This book was first published in 1984.  I was told that 
> its title 
> >"Mutooroo" is
> >pronounced moo-jer-OOO.  Is this correct?  Also, 
> isn't the correct Crinum name
> >pendiculatum?  There are also interesting but longer 
> entries for Alocasia and
> >Calocasia spp. that I'd be glad to share if anyone's interested.
> Pam, there's no such language as "Aboriginal." Australia has 
> many 
> native languages in more than one family. If you'd like this 
> clarified for your exhibit, I can track down some more rigorous 
> information for you. The languages of Australia, most of which 
> are 
> extinct or nearing extinction (thanks in part to colonial 
> efforts to 
> separate children from their cultures), have been relatively 
> well documented.
> Jane McGary
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