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Plant identification guides:
Bush tucker food forest

Information about medicinal qualities of plants, or about their use as medicines, is for interest only, and is not intended to be used as a guide for the treatment of medical conditions.


As with all medicinal applications of Australian bush foods, please do your due diligence and consult with First Nations or other Australian herbal specialists before utilising as a remedy for any condition.


Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need preparation before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.


We can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Native Tamarind

Scientific name:

Other Names:

Mischarytera lautereriana

Corduroy Tamarind, Byfield Tamarind, Rose Tamarind



Native Tamarind

Basic info:

Fast growing tree with rounded shady crown of glossy crinkled leaves. New growth is shades of pink, orange & red. Frost & drought tender.

Small white flowers in spring are followed by orange capsules containing seeds surrounded in edible acidic fruit.

Uses and Interesting Information:

Indigenous people ate the raw, acidic pulp surrounding the seed, and early settlers used the fruit to make drinks, jams and jellies. The taste is described as “tart”.

Timber is suitable for flooring.

The common name, Corduroy Tamarind comes from the ridges in the wood beneath the bark.



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