Watercolour on paper
20 x 43cm
Calandrinia balonensis (Parakeelya)
Flower from the ANBG Red Centre Garden. This succulent herb is native to central Australia. Aborigines traditionally eat the fleshy, juicy and grape-like leaves raw or steamed, and roots steamed. The seeds are also ground and eaten as a paste. It was discovered in 1846 by early European explorers in the region of the Balonne River. The common name Parakeelya is derived from one of the Aboriginal names for the plants.