Sharon Field
Delicate versatility

Delicate versatility

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.

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