Native Bauhinia Lysiphyllum gilvum
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The flora of the Dig Tree Reserve and the surrounding region of Nappa Merri station is of special significance to the Burke and Wills story; and of life-sustaining significance to the Aboriginal people who had lived in harmony in this harsh region for tens of millennia.

The explorers ate nardoo Marsilea drummondii, and the beans of the native bauhinia Lysiphyllum gilvum.

Both these species grow in the Dig Tree Reserve. They require special preparation before ingestion, skills well known to the Aboriginal people of this place.

Native Bauhinia Lysiphyllum gilvum pods – the beans are edible if correctly prepared
CC BY-SA 4.0 (link to Mark Marathon

Nardoo Marsilea drummondii must be eaten with protein or it causes vitamin deficiencies
Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0 Casliber

The Dig Tree web site is presented by The Royal Historical Society of Queensland.

To find out more about visiting the Dig Tree go to Explore Bulloo and Outback Tourism.

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is trustee for the Dig Tree Reserve supported by Nappa Merrie Station and the Bulloo Shire Council.