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Trees, Plants and Flowers
Transcript of Trees, Plants and Flowers
by Mardi, Sue and Di
Medicinal Trees, Flowers, Bushes and Succulents.
Native Trees, Flowers, Bushes and Succulents '
Edible Trees, Flowers, Bushes and Succulents
This iconic tree has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. The leaves produce oil which is turned into antiseptic creams for cuts and wounds, into ointments for arthritis and muscles soreness, and can be used as a decongestant inhalant for colds and flu. (botanical.com 2014)The leaves can also be boiled in tea or other drinks to help sore throats.
This pretty little flower has long been transformed into creams for the relief of eczema, dermatitis, burns, boils and acne. It has also been used as an anti-inflammatory for such conditions as gastro-intestinal ulcers and degenerative eye conditions. Thanks to recent studies Calendula cream is also helping thousands of cancer patients recover from radiation burns.(motherearthnews.com)
Aboriginals have been using Emu Bush for headaches and fever for generations. By boiling the flowers we mix it with animal fat for a linament for sore muscles and joints and most recently Emu Bush has begun testing for the the effect on heart disease caused by tooth decay with some positive results.(swinburne, 2009)
Lemon scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora)
Growing up to 50 metres tall, with long elegant lemon scented foliage and flowers that appear throughout the year help make the Corymbia citriodora one of the most popular Australian trees. It is also in high demand for the production of structural timber and honey.
Carousel Spider Orchard (Caladenia arenicola)
The Caladenia arenicola is a very attractive flower with reddish petals outlined in bright green. The plant grows to a height of 30-60 cm. Flowering in late winter to early spring it produces beautiful foliage suitable for flower cut arrangements.
Bush Christmas(Syzygium Bush Christmas)
The Syzygium is a small to medium bush more commonly named lilly pilly. It is a very hardy plant and responds well to trimming and shaping making it suitable as a screening or hedge plant. It will attract birds to the garden and is frost and drought tolerant.
Parakeelya (Calandrinia balonensis)
The Parakeelya (Calandrinia balonensis)is a succulent annual herb. It is found in central Australia. It has five notched fluroescent purple petals with a bright yellow centre. Aboriginals have made use of the leaves, seeds and roots for food prior to its discovery by Early European Explorers in 1846.
The Loquat is a subtropical fruit tree that can grow up to 16ft tall. It is bright green in colour and the fruits hold a smooth yellow to orange skin. (Urban Food Garden, 2014) It is a self pollinating tree that thrives in a sub tropical environment; however they can survive in a relatively dry climate. This edible tree is also known as a Japanese plum.
Bee Balm(Monarda species)
Bee Balm is a beautiful vibrant flower that grows red and pink petals. This flower attracts hummingbirds and bees. The flower has many medicinal uses due to its essential oils, and is also used in tea. (homecooking.about.com, 2013) Bee Balm is used as a herb, most commonly as a seasoning complimenting a wild game dish. (Wikipedia, 2013)
Goji Berry (Lycium chinense and L. barbarum)
A native bush to China, the Goji Berry bush, also know as the Wolfberry, grows bright reddish orange fruits which can be eaten raw, dried or cooked.. The Goji berries are filled with antioxidants and are rich in vitamin A. Research is ongoing to see if the berries can prevent illness and slow the aging process.(webmd.com, 2013)
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/euclid3/euclidsample/html/Corymbia_citriodora.htm#Origin of Name
The Boab succulent, or baobabs are an edible succulent that can be found in the Kimberley region of WA. They can survive in a harsh and semi desert environment. The leaves, roots, fruits and seeds are edible. (cycadinternational.com.au) The leaves taste like pepper and the fruits hold a soft white chalky texture. They also hold vast amounts of water in their trunks. (australiansucculents.com)
Aloe Vera is regarded as one of the world's best natural healing plants. It contains sulphar, Lupeol, Salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol. Aloe Vera is great for burns, abrasions, psoriasis and bug bites. It is also helpful for internal health aiding digestion, blood flow and cardiovascular health. (Dawn, 2014)
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