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Plant Plant ID from D'Aguilar National Park

n5750547

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Hi everyone. I only recently started trying to ID plants and I've got a few that I would like some help to identify.


This was a group of hand sized fungi. Not sure exactly what they are but I was wondering if they are useful for fires etc
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No idea what these could be
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I'm guessing this is a stinging tree but not sure what variety
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I see this everywhere and I though I saw it in a bush tucker book but I can't remember what it is or what it is used for
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Thanks for your help
Phil
 

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Hi there Phil

id say........

Turkey Tail Fungas.....Trametes versicolor – also known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor
http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showthread.php?7362-Trametes-versicolor&highlight=Trametes+versicolor

Lilli Pilli Fruit ...Botanical name:Acmena smithii
http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showt...-fruit-(Acmena-smithii)&highlight=lilli+pilli

Giant Stinging Tree ...Dendrocnide excelsa, Australian nettle tree, fibrewood, gimpi gimpi.
http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showt...(Giant-stinging-tree)&highlight=Stinging+tree

Elephant Ear plant...sorry cant think of its botanical...its well Known to grow near nettle trees and plants...the milk sap from this plant helps alleviate nettle fibres if you become stung.
 
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I am weak on idefifying Food Plants so please anyone else in the know. I don't think the Fungas is the right type for taking a Spark / Charring

middle might be Lilly Pilly Fruit BUT and a big BUT the Fruits centre is the wrong Colour / texture to be Lilly pilly. There is a similar Fruit from the Satinwood Tree http://toowoombaplants2008.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/common-lillypilly.html

Pays to be cautious of these Elephant Ear type Plants, maybe a little dab on the inside of your Forearm and see if it irritates. Some are fine to Eat if Boiled, Samoan Neighbors used to grow and eat a similar looking Plants Leaves. It also looks like Taro but the texture of the leaves is not right https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Taro_plant.JPG trouble is there is a lot of similar looking plants.

Repeat weak at identifying food plants

regards Jacko

EDIT TO ADD - the following Bushcraft Oz link has 2 Answers I think http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showthread.php?236-Dendrocnide-excelsa-(Giant-stinging-tree)
 
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Thanks for info. I do wonder about those fruit and I think you might be right Jacko, they look a lot like the Satinwood fruit from your link. Should have brought a couple home for a better look!
 

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..... I don't think the Fungas is the right type for taking a Spark / Charring
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I have tried a few times, and it is NOT good for taking a spark. However if it is dried it will smoulder quite nicely for quite a long time - if it is lit from a flame
 

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Hi N57,
The large leafed 'elephant ears' plant is Cunjevoi = Alocasia brisbanensis.
It is not edible, in fact poisonous.
 

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Hi N57,
The large leafed 'elephant ears' plant is Cunjevoi = Alocasia brisbanensis.
It is not edible, in fact poisonous.
Good to know. Is there any truth to being able to cook the poison out of it?
 

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Possibly N57, the problem is apparently with the calcium oxalate they contain being an irritant.
I was once told of an Aboriginal person consuming it by mistake and running and swimming a great distance in
extreme distress.
Related plants are eaten in Asia.
 
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