Upper Spring Creek Landcare Group and Mid Loddon CMN

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Bountiful lilies

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Very delicious liliacea! 

Liliacea tubers provided Kooris with an  important and delicious food source.

I have been waiting for the first Chocolate-lilies to appear, since their leaves have been shooting for some time. Today I found some flowering on the hill:

Chocolate-lily (Arthropodium strictum)

Chocolate-lily (Arthropodium strictum)

These lilies smell just like chocolate. The tubers, which are juicy and slightly bitter in taste, were eaten by local indigenous peoples.

Just nearby, I spotted Twining Fringe-lily  flowering. They were also valued for their tubers which were cooked and eaten as bush tucker.

Twining fringe-lily (Thysanotus patersonii)

Twining fringe-lily (Thysanotus patersonii)

Further along were some milkmaids (Burchadia umbellata) whose long tuberous roots were roasted.

Milkmaids (Burchadia umbellata)

Milkmaids (Burchadia umbellata)

Most lilies regenerate each year from tubers or tuberous root-stocks. Not only do they provide a gorgeous display but are edible too!!

 

 

 

 

 

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