Araucaria bidwillii produces edible seeds that are favoured by Australian Aborigines

Araucaria bidwillii (Bunga Pine, Bunya-Bunya Tree, False Monkey Puzzle Tree, Queensland Pine)

Cones with an edible and brown nut of Araucaria bidwillii (Bunga Pine, Bunya-Bunya Tree, False Monkey Puzzle Tree, Queensland Pine), 8 Feb 2018Bunga Pine or False Monkey Puzzle Tree is a tall and majestic evergreen tree that is conical when young and becomes more domed as it matures.

The seeds are edible and considered a delicacy by Australian Aborigines. The flavour of the edible kernel is similar to a chestnut.

Its high quality wood is used for making cabinets, flooring and plywood while the branches are used for fencing and fuel.

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Uses of Adenanthera pavonina include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber

Adenanthera pavonina (Red Lucky Seed, Acacia Coral, Curly Bean, Red Bead/Coral Bean Tree, Red Sandalwood, Peacock Flower Fence)

Beautiful vibrant red seeds of Adenanthera pavonina (Red Lucky Seed, Acacia Coral, Curly Bean, Red Bead/Coral Bean Tree, Red Sandalwood, Peacock Flower Fence), 6 Feb 2018Seeds of Adenanthera pavonina have long been a symbol of love in China and its name in Chinese is ‘xiang si dou’, translated as mutual love bean.

Its uses include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber.

The vibrant red seeds has led to them being used as beads for jewellery.

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Dendrophthoe pentandra produces red berries that persist on the plant for a very long time

Dendrophthoe pentandra (Malayan Mistletoe, Mango Mistletoe, Mistletoe Plant)

Red and fleshy fruits of Dendrophthoe pentandra (Malayan Mistletoe, Mango Mistletoe, Mistletoe Plant), 27 Jan 2018Malayan Mistletoe or Mango Mistletoe is a parasitic, woody and  dioecious shrub.

This plant has been used for traditional medicine.

Grow this beauty to enjoy its brilliantly coloured red berries that persist on the plant for a very long time. Read More >>

Marrubium vulgare is an exotic and bitter herb symbolic of good health

Marrubium vulgare (White Horehound, Common Horehound)

Mesmerising soft and white catkins of Salix bicolor (American Pussy Willow, American Willow, Large Pussy Willow, Pussy Willow, Glaucous Willow), 4 Jan 2018White Horehound or Common Horehound is an exotic plant and is a bitter herb symbolic of good health and has always been used to combat illness.

It is regarded as an invasive weed in many parts of Australia, namely in Victoria, south Australia and Tasmania because it takes over whole fields where there has been over-grazing and herd animals will not eat it.
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Nelumbo nucifera provides edible fruits, leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds

Nelumbo nucifera (Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Sacred Water Lily, Egyptian Bean, Lotus, Teratai in Malay)

Mesmerising flower of Nelumbo nucifera (Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Sacred Water Lily, Egyptian Bean, Lotus, Teratai in Malay), 1 Feb 2018Indian Lotus or Egyptian Bean provides edible fruits, young leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds.

It is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

Nelumbo nucifera is the national flower of India and Vietnam.
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