Waraburra Nura

Telopea Speciosissima


Telopea Speciosissima, this is my favourite plant. The nectar could be gathered - was gathered during the day and it could be used as a food for young babies, more particularly babies who canít take any kind of milk including motherís milk. When my son was born he was very premature and he could not take any kind of milk and he still canít take any kind of milk and heís forty now. I fed him completely on Telopea Speciosissima nectar and also the nectar of the Banksia when the telopeas went off their flowering and heís healthy youíve seen him, heís beautifully healthy and heís survived things other kids were not able to survive.

The sap is used to heal burns; it is a traditional, very, very old traditional method. You just milk the sap by cutting a small gash in the stem, you milk the sap and you spread it over burns.†

We used the stems of the waratah to weave baskets in which to carry our fire because we didnít make fire, we carried it. You see we had a thing called the waran, Ďthe black rock that burnsí and we would pick it up from the valleys where we were and then it was put into the skull of a wombat and lit and then covered with sand or ash so that it became just burning embers and we would carry that to our next camping place where we would start the fire. It was a very effective way of travelling with fire without having the danger of bushfires.