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BLOOM­ING PAROO LILIES, SYD­NEY

Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

Paroo lilies, found in dry scle­ro­phyll for­est and coastal heath, were im­por­tant in tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture. This herb with pretty pur­ple-andyel­low flow­ers on 1m-high stalks was called ‘snake whis­tle’; its leaves were said to be used to make a whis­tle that at­tracted snakes, which were hunted for food. The leaves were wo­ven into bas­kets and used for rope, while berries were eaten in late sum­mer. See its flow­ers along Syd­ney coastal walks Jan­uary– Fe­bru­ary. More info: Call Syd­ney Coastal walks on 02 9188 7897 or visit syd­n­ey­coast­walks.com.au

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