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MEET UP AT my place
withdrawl clinic posted a topic in News & Noticeshi! i thought of this for many years, but only post now, about it... i am getting old, and would like to pass on knowledge, at my home. with this post, i invite sab mebers to vistit me at my home, and we can have a good time and exchange knowledge! reply to this post, if you interrested, but use the pm to contact me or work out details. WHEN: time will tell. WHERE: close to rocky. HOW: maybe best to be in a smallish group, you could camp in my big garden. maybe even roll a swag, in my house. if you fly in, i can pick you up at the airport in rocky. LET'S HAVE A GOOD TIME!
Perth Wattle species identification
prandz posted a topic in Australian Native PlantsHey guys I was hoping for some help identifying these wattle species around where I live. I am north east of perth in the hills. The images show three different wattle plants, I believe two of them (long, narrow, elliptical leaves) may be the same species but am unsure due to colour differences in the branches. Sorry for the noobish question and any help is very much appreciated!!
Should I bother with Acacia Longifolia/Sophorae?
Jonathan Baconson posted a question in Plant Identification (non-cactus)Gday people, Have found a large amount of Acacia Longifolia in the wild. Seems to be really conflicting opinion on whether or not one should even bother with an extraction with this species. What do you guys think?
3rdI posted a topic in WantedHey guys, I recently moved to a new area, and don't really have any friends with common interests in my area. I know this is a thread for trading but I guess, most friendships start by trading! PM me you questions! I have some interesting plants and hobbies, Im sure we will make great friends:)
looking for a farm/teacher
Tayoooooo posted a topic in Chill SpaceHi all, I am currently making my way around Oz and am looking for an ethnobotany minded farm where I might do a work/knowledge exchange. I am level headed and honest with an appetite to learn new ideas, horticulture methods and anything in between. My partner an I are in Vic at the moment but planning on heading west past Adelaide and on toward WA at the end of the month with the only time constraint being arriving in Perth by september. Any leads, tips or directions pointed in would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, T.
Bishnoi opium ceremony in Jodhpur, India
mu! posted a topic in Chill Spacehttps://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/blog/bishnoi-opium-ceremony-jodhpur-india/
Trade Calea Zacatechichi and Tagetes lucida seeds from México
herbalista posted a topic in Seed & Plant SwapsI am interested in valuable medicinal plants from other parts of the world. I have a list of near 200 different species, some very rare, some very common, but all very valuable as medicinal, recreational herbs. These are the ones I want: Caralluma fimbriata Hoodia (any species) Ephedra (the high alkaloid species) Beautiful flowers and any interesting plant. I am a serious trader.
Sydney Botanic Gardens - Ethnobotany Garden to receive new makeover
whitewind posted a topic in News & NoticesI have just been chatting to the horticulturist in charge of the Herb Garden and Ethnobotany Garden at Sydney Botanic Gardens and she tells me she has received the go ahead to redesign the Ethnobotany Garden there. It will cost about $60,000 all up over a few years, and this includes irrigation and a new structure as well as plants. The theme is to be "Melanesia Village" (or some such) and a central "Village Hall' (proposed) to be surrounded by medicine and food plants from Papua New Guinea (mostly), West Papua, also The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, and so on. She will hopefully be sourcing plant material directly from these islands, but was also very interested in receiving material from sources other than the usual - other botanic gardens or very sporadic in-house collecting trips (which hardly ever come off). She seemed quite enthusiastic about getting the online community ("your friends", she said to me) on board, and was happy to have suggestions and ideas (as well as plants and seeds!) thrown her way. She's one of the best horts at the gardens (in my opinion) and she's done a sterling job of the herb garden so I'm really looking forward to seeing what she makes of the ethno garden there. So if anyone wants to get involved, donate seed or plants, come up with random ideas, chuck them into this thread and we'll see what naughty plants we can get into the ethno garden in Sydney!
Australian Ethnobotanical Association
whitewind posted a topic in News & NoticesThere has been a bit of a response to an idea I voiced over in this thread so here is the discussion thread for that idea. I did a quick bit of research, creating an association isn't all that difficult but there are a few annoying rules, and some things we might find a bit tricky to achieve. The general idea is that you create a company which then becomes a legal entity - the company can get sued or sue, but not the individual members. This in itself probably won't prevent anyone, legally, from being affected by the new federal laws, but it does provide a legal entity with some authority which individuals won't have - which might be useful for lobbying purposes. Here is the website A quick glance, and I think I would have problems with having an office which was open to the public, there are some fees which might need to be met and I am skint (as are many people), and we need a constitution! Which will be time consuming, but fun. It has to run along the lines of plants must be freely available to all, and the association is committed to engaging with people and plants for conservation and information gathering (science). We will probably need a website too, and three founding members on the committee - so far we have two confirmed, and a few who have shown serious interest, I will get back to everyone later when I have a few moments. Any ideas, chuck them in here please, I would also like to hear from anyone who has done this before or who is a member of an existing plant society.
Anyone had any experience with Ethno purchaces from this website?
Savage Gardener posted a topic in Ethnobotanyhttp://ascensionbot.com/ http://ascensionbot.com/abllclist.html
Ethnobotanical Resources (Links Page)
whitewind posted a topic in EthnobotanyLatest Update 03 September 2013 Knowledge of the Mental Landscape Links to ethnobotanical topics General Information Resources (and external links) Preparations and Traditional Use Australian Native Ethnobotanicals Exotic Ethnobotanicals Psychoactive Animals Ayahuasca Cacti Cannabis Coca Fungi Khat Kratom Opium Salvia, Coleus, and Psychoactive Mints Tropanes
Found "Wild Medicine in Australia" by A.B & J.W Cribb in a local second hand bookstore recently. First published '81, I have the '88 reprint. My apologies for any spelling errors or 'politically incorrect' names, this is hand typed from the book. Let me know if you would like me to expand on any of the text. Chapter list: 1. Plants in Medicine 2. The Aboriginal Pharmacopoeia 3. Bush Remedies of the Pioneers 4. The European Tradition - Herbal Cures & Nostrums 5. Contributions from Other Cultures 6. Purely for Pleasure - Narcotics and Aphrodisiacs 7. Australian Plants in Modern Medicine 8. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Medicines and Treatments from Natural Sources Here is a condensed list of native plants and usage/notes in the chapter titled "Purely for Pleasure - Narcotics and Aphrodisiacs" Adriana glabrata BITTER BUSH Leaves dried as tobacco by aboriginals. Stock poison? Regarded as useful forage plant by some? Qld, NSW, Vic, WA, NT Amorphophallus STINKING ARUM 19th century Daly River missionary recorded dried leaves were smoked giving an anaesthetic effect, similiar to ether or chloroform in effect. 'A short smoke makes one sleepy; if he smoke too long he will not awaken. While so sleeping he is, they say, unconscious of pain.' Unknown which species, A. galbra and A. variabilis occur in the NT. Qld, NT. Callicarpa longifolia CHUKIN Japanese along the Johnstone River in North Qld used the bark as a substitute for Piper betle leaf for chewing with areca. Plant contains toxic principle, reputed fish poison. Medicinal use in Malaysia, poultice for fevers, treating mouth and throat infections, gargle/mouthwash from leaves or bark. Qld Dodonaea WILD HOPS, HOP-BUSH Resembles true hops, not related. Used by early pioneer brewers to use as substitute, actually turned out pretty good... nice and bitter. D. angustissima, the slender hop-bush, gets a special mention. D. viscosa leaves chewed in Peru like coca leaves... hop bush leaves have been used to adulterate/cut coca. Leaves and bark contain an alkaloid. D. angustissima: All mainland states D. viscosa: Qld, NSW, Vic, Tas., SA, NT Duboisia hopwoodii PITURI The usual information. Of interest was possibly this paragraph: "Preparation of the material for use was by roasting, moistening perhaps by chewing, and rolling with ashes into a quid about 5 cm long, a little more than 1 cm thich. Sometimes fibrous material was mixed in, either kangaroo hairs or threads from Psoralea, a pea flowered shrub. The ash used for preference was that of Acacia salicina, a wattle with a high content of calcium sulphate; it is thought this allowed the slow release of the alkaloid. When not being chewed or sucked, the roll was carried behind the ear, in much the way children of Western civilizations 'park' their chewing gum.' and 'D. hopwoodii is a poisonous plant, and has a reputation of causing fatalities to stock. One of its common names in the inland is camel poison. It was widely used by the aborigines as an aid in catching emus. Twigs or leaves of the plant were put in small waterholes where the emus were known to drink. The birds became stupified and walked in circles, 'Him drunk, all same white fellow', and were easily caught. This practice was widespread where the plant grew, even in araes where it was not used as a narcotic; it was so common that a writer in 1874 advised that 'people travelling would be wise to avoid using water from these drinking places, or any small hole of surface water, as the blacks often put in some preparation to stupify the emu.' Qld, NSW, SA, WA, NT Eucalyptus GUM TREE A 'blend of dried leaves' were used to make 'a quite smokable cigarette tobacco with a soft, bush fragrance flavour'. The cigarettes were marketed with the advertising slogan 'Take a whiff of the gum forests into your home' and thought by some to give relief from bronchitis and asthma. No specific species. Eucalyptus gunnii CIDER GUM, RIBBONY GUM Tasmanian gum with high sugar content, can be tapped like a sugar maple. Holes were bored in the trunk and the treacle-tasting sweet liquor was collected in a hole at the base. The hole was kept covered with flat stones for protection from animals. Natural fermentation from wild yeasts occurred after a time and intoxicating liquor resulted. Popular among everyone. Evolvulus alsinoides var. sericeus SKY CONVOLVULUS Pituri substitute. Unknown alkaloid content. Early reputation as cure for dysentery, used as a tonic, febrifuge and vermifuge in India. Qld, NSW, SA, WA, NT Galbulimima belgraveana ARGARA New Guinea the bark as waken as a hallucinogen; warriors chewed it before tribal fights, and also rubbed it on their legs. It produces violent intoxication and hallucinations followed by extreme drowsiness. 28 different alkaloids isolated from the bark, including himandrine and himbacine. Qld Heteropogon contortus BUNCH SPEAR GRASS Masticatory narcotic 'chewed like tobacco' in Broome area. Dedoction as cough medicine. Indian medicine uses root as stimulant and diuretic, also for rheumatism. Qld, NSW, WA, NT Isotoma petraea ROCK BLUEBELL, EURO FINGERS Used as pituri chewed with ash or drunk for narcotic effect. Alkaloids similar to nicotine, and was regarded as 'strong chew', reportedly described by one group of aborigines as 'cheeky bugger'. Used as painkilled amongst tribes of the Kalgoorlie area; plant was dried over a fire, powdered and mixed with ash of mulga bark; a little of the mixture, when swallowed, was said to produce a 'burning and deadening sensation in the stomach'. In some other areas dry sticks of the plant were chewed. Intensely bitter milky sap, suspected stock poison. Lysiphyllum carronii BAUHINIA Tribes in an area to the NW of Birdsville in far WQld. '...flowers of bauhinia were pounded in a wooden dish, the liquid was drained into a another vessel and mixed with sugary contents of the honey ant, Melophorus. (Honey ants have the abdomen swollen to a centimetre or more and filled with stored sugary solution.) The mixture was allowed to ferment for eight to ten days, giving a liquor described as semi-fermented. Probably it would be no worse than many other home brews.' Nicotiana INGULBA, NATIVE TOBACCO 'Although the pituri, Duboisia hopwoodii, is certainly the best known chewing narcotic used by the Aborigines, it seems from studies by anthropologists and comments from explorers, missionaries and settlers, that is was not the plant used over in the greater part of central Australia. In some cases it was reported that the chewing wad of dried leaves was wrapped, somewhat in the fashion of a cigar, in the leaf of the same species; this would not be possible with D. hopwoodii which as very narrow, stiff leaves. It has been shown that the commonly used narcotic plants of Central Australia were two or more species of Nicotiana. This is the genus to which tobacco belongs, and it is interesting that the aborigines should have founf such closely related plants to use for a similar purpose to chewing tobacco. The method of use is similar to that described above for pituri: leaves could be chewed fresh but were often dried by heat, kneaded into small balls with the teeth, then dried in a thumb-sized lump to keep for later use. As with pituri ash was generally added before mastication; the ash was usually of an Acacia or Cassia or Ventilago; the wad was used by sucking or rolling in the mouth. In a friendly custom, the plug might be passed from one to another for a chew, and the owner would then replace it behind his ear, or perhaps in his armband, to save for later. Men only used the chewing plug, but women were permitted to chew fresh leaves. A report by J. M. Black, the eminent South Australian botanist, states: 'Natives value the plant much, and when the camels approached it they became very excited and pulled up the plants and placed them up on the rocks out of reach of the dreaded animals.' The principal species seemed to have been: N. excelsior SA, NT N. gossei Qld, SA, NT N. rosulata subsp. ingulba NSW, SA, WA, NT Papaver somniferum OPIUM POPPY The usual information; 'occurring as a weed of cultivation in scattered areas' Qld, NSW, Vic., Tas., SA Amanita muscaria FLY AGARIC Vic. Copelandia cyanescens BLUE MEANIES 'This fungus has been reported to contain psilocybin, and is one of the species producing hallucinations. Before such an effect became desirable in some circles, there were cases of inexperienced mushroom gatherers being accidentally poisoned by eating it.' Qld Psilocybe cubensis GOLD TOP, HYSTERIA TOADSTOOL The following would be talking about '61 or earlier. 'Twenty years or so ago we heard fairly regularly on the radio about cases or toadstool poisoning, where the victimes either suffered frightening visions or felt extraordinary hilarity; warnings were broadcast about this 'hysterical mushroom', describing its yellow peaked cap, long stalk, dark gills, and habit of growing on dung. When the source of the poisoning was identified as Psilocybe cubensis, it was realized that the active principal was similar to that used to produce hallucinations and religious experiences in Central and South America and Mexico. The cult which built up at about that time in the United States spread to this country, and deliberate use of the drug has spread, despite its illegality. There are in Australia two other species of Psilocybe, P. semilanceata and P. subaeruginosa, which have been found to contain the same sort of active principle. The drug is one of the psychomimetic, or mind-bending, toxins, and may have varying effects on different individuals, or even on the same individual at different times. Qld, NSW Native Aphrodisiacs Archidendron grandiflorum (Pithecellobium grandiflorum) FAIRY PAINTBRUSH, GIN'S LIPS Abarema grandiflora Denhamia obscura Psychotria fitzalani Balanophora fungosa DRUMSTICKS Lycopodium phlegmaria COMMON TASSEL FERN Phallus rubicundus A STINKHORN Pittosporum venulosum Viscum articulatum LEAFLESS MISTLETOE Contraceptive Plants (inc. emmenagogues) Calamus australis LAWYER CANE leaves, stem Capsella bursapastoris SHEPHERD'S PURSE leaves Cassytha filiformis BUSH DODDER stems Casuarina equisetifolia COASTAL SHEOAK leaves, bark, stem Chenopodium album FAT-HEN leaves Commersonia fraseri BLACKFELLOWS' HEMP leaves Cymbidium madidum ARROWROOT ORCHID fruit Dicranopteris linearis CORAL FERN leaves Dioscorea bulbifera AERIAL YAM roots Entada phaseoliodes MATCHBOX BEAN fruits Euodia alata leaves Flagellaria indica SUPPLEJACK leaves Heritiera littoralis LOOKING-GLASS TREE leaves Hibiscus tiliaceus COTTON TREE leaves Hernandia peltata LANTERN TREE leaves, bark, stem Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis GOAT'S-FOOT CONVOLVULUS leaves, stem Lygodium microphyllum CLIMBING MAIDENHAIR FERN leaves Macaranga tanarius TUMKULLUM leaves Morinda citrifolia MORINDA fruits M. reticulara (Morinda?) leaves Murdannia graminea SLUG HERB leaves Polygonum hydropiper WATER PEPPER leaves Pongamia pinnata INDIAN BEECH roots Rubus moluccanus NATIVE RASPBERRY stems Terminalia catappa INDIAN ALMOND leaves Urena lobata PINK BURR leaves, bark