Description.
Spreading shrub reaching 3 metres in height. Leaves are variable and may be spoon-shaped, wedge-shaped or rounded, but always have a varnished appearance. The inconspicuous flowers are followed by large winged capsules vaguely reminiscent of the flowers of the hop plant (hence the common name). These papery, four-winged fruits occur in shades of red and purple, becoming pale brown and dry at maturity. They each contain several dark seeds.
Propagation.
Grows readily from seed or cuttings. Once established, it produces seedlings prolifically.
Flowering.
Late winter and spring.
Locations.
The Rock, Willans Hill and in the Coolamon-Ganmain area.
Wiradjuri Name: Bururr

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Utility.

The branches and trunk of bururr ware very dense and considered very strong. There are records available to show that the species was used to create handles for small hand tools, including stone axes and clubs.

Food Uses*.

There is competing evidence on what parts of bururr might be edible so absolute caution is suggested. At this point we are unable to ascertain exact food uses if any.

* The critical factor in using plants for food is to avoid accidental poisoning. Eat only those plants you can positively identify and you know are safe to eat. All food details on this website are not based on toxicology reports or scientific knowledge, we make no claim to advice on bush survival in these information bites, only to represent the common perception.

Medicinal Uses.

There are some records that show that bururr was used for medicinal purposes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the roots could be boiled and a mouthwash made to relieve toothache.

There is anecdotal evidence that a compress of chewed leaves could be applied to cuts and scratches to dull pain. There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest chewed leaves could dull stings.

 

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery