A set of cards with 71 native Australian plants traditionally used for food and/or medicine.
The development of this deck was made possible by a grant from MachEnergy Aboriginal Community Development Fund with the support of the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Council.
Created for use as a teaching tool, so that young people can get to know and respect the rich heritage of native Australian medicinal and edible plant, IPHA is presenting over 800 decks to the land council for distribution.
We also hope to educate the general public, so that they will learn to recognize and respect these plants in the wild and nurture them in their gardens.
Also, we hope to inspire researchers in Australia and around the world to study and to help enrich out understanding and appreciation for native Australian traditional knowledge.
We ask everyone to honor these and all the traditional plants of Indigenous Australia, not just for their useful qualities, but as important spiritual connections to the culture, the land and the people of Australia.
For suggested classroom & research activities using the cards, please click here.
Do not try to prepare or use any of these plants without having been shown by experienced indigenous plant authorities. Some plants can cause illness or poisoning if prepared improperly or if eaten in large quantities. These cards are not meant to be used as a resource for food or for medical treatment. IPHA & publisher are not responsible for any effects or consequences that may result from the use of the information contained in these cards.
All plants growing within Australian national parks are protected. Fruits, flowers, seeds should be left with the plant to ensure that they will be preserved for the future. Please consider growing your own plants by purchasing them from nurseries and indigenous suppliers.
Example of Cards
Thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to this project.
Writing & research: Kat Bennett, Jenie Stroh
Proofing, editing & reviewing: Phil Sheppard, Pat Collins, Andrew Pengelly, Reesa Ryan
Artists: Kat Bennett (Aka K. Dilaj) for the plant illustrations and Rosslyn Thompson for the card & box borders. Technical assistance: Cerise Bennett<br> as well as to Sam Schauer and Margaret Denholm, our contacts at PrintNinja.
Thanks to Natasha Kellett and to the aboriginal elders and community members who have given their time and support.
For the card references click here.
As with any large project there is always a chance of a mistake –
- Pittosporum angustifolium – The correct family is Pittosporaceae
- The Funding Agency should read MACHENERGY Aboriginal Community Development Fund (ACDF). The grant was through ACDF.
A limited number of card decks are available for sale. I apologize for any inconvenience, as our paypal options do not allow us to figure postage per order. Please select the number of boxes you would like (1-20) and then add the shipping.
The price for a single deck is $25.00aud; shipping is $12.00/deck. Card decks can also be picked up in person at Pat Collins’ Total Health & Wellness Center at 196 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook, NSW. https://patcollins.com.au/
To pay, please use Paypal or bank transfer : BSB 637000 Account 722660722 and include your shipping address. Card decks may also be available for purchase at IPHA field events, workshops & presentations.
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A deck of 72 cards in a cardboard tuckbox, featuring native plants used for food & medicine in Australia. This deck features a selection of plants from NSW and Queensland. Pricing is for 1 box. Shipping is NOT included in this price. For shipping please purchase below(Australia only). Please include your shipping address.
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