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Mai Putitja and Irmangka-Irmangka

Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine

around Coober Pedy

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Kampurara and Tawaltawalpa

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Kupata

 

Kupata

Santalum lanceolatum      Bush Plum

 

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Kupata - Bush Plum

Kaputa or the  Bush Plum (Santalum Lanceolatum), also known as Sandalwood, is a small tree up to two metres. It has thick drooping grey-green leaves and small cream flowers. The fruit is a dark purple colour and is very fleshy. The wood and oil have a distinctive perfume. Kupata is a common plant in breakaway and sandhill country, and fruits after rain. It taps into other plant’s roots, and must use them to survive.

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Kupata flowers - Flowers of the Bush Plum

The fruit is very high in vitamin C, and are eaten raw or dried and reconstituted with water later. A dye can be made from the fruit, and the wood is used for carving artefacts.

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Kupata fruit - Bush Plum 
Photo Tim Low

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Kampurara and Tawaltawalpa

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Kurara

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