Aboriginal Uses of Native Plants
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Australian National Herbarium
Aboriginal Plant Use SE Aust
Banksia (various species)
: Heaths, scrub and dry, open forests
: Various flowering times
Q: How do you get to taste the sweet nectar?
A: Soak the flowers in water in a bark or wooden bowl.
Q: What could you do with a dry cone?
(Silver Banksia) retains the dry flowers on the cones which some Victorian Aboriginal groups used to strain their drinking water.
Dried flower of Silver Banksia.
Tool (needle) made from banksia wood and used in the weaving of baskets and mats.
Made by Wally Mongta 1991.
Australian National Botanic Gardens - Education Service