Several different species of Corchorus are found in the Pilbara and Kimberley, many which are weedy and small. This one grows to about 1 metre and is found on Dampier Downs and south to the Pilbara. Woolly leaves and bright yellow flowers are featured. Corchorus is grown overseas to make jute.
A tall shrub with dark green leaves. Growing to 6 metres, this Hopbush has tri-cornered pinkish papery pods turning brown when ripe, containing small round black seeds.
Hans Lambers (Curtin University):
Plants of the Dodonaea genus are good sources of diterpenes, particularly clerodane diterpenes. Dodonaea is a genus of plant in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), named after the Dutch herbologist and physician Rembert Dodoens. There are over 68 species that have been discovered, and most of these originate and grow in Australia. All species in the Dodonaea genus are woody perennials that grow between 1-4 m in height. Many have resinous exudates on their leaves, particularly Australian natives. The most abundant species is Dodonaea viscosa, which has been well-studied by botanists and chemists. Dodonaea viscosa is an excellent source of clerodane diterpenes, which are widely recognised as insect antifeedants. Additionally, some display anticholesterol, antibacterial, antitumoral, antiinflammatory and hallucinogenic properties.
This species of Pandanus has similarities to P.spiralis, except for smaller fruiting bodies, aerial roots, hairy trunks and few prickly leaves on spreading branches. From the beachfront at the Berkeley River.
A large species found only in mound spring country north of Derby and Kununurra. Layered branches with a broad crown, this species has the smallest drupes of the Terminalias.
This species is also found in Indonesia.
A widespread Kimberley species, extending deep into the Great Sandy Desert, this small tree or shrub has scented white flowers, and a fruit with grey flat seeds embedded in the pulp. Sometimes called the Turpentine Tree, for the colour of the trunk.
This species has a number of uses by people on the Dampier peninsula:
Wudarr is another small tree, with little white flowers that later become a hard ribbed fruit. The large, divided sepals that remain at the end of the fruit are very distinctive. The mayi consists of many seeds embedded within a flesh that is covered by hard skin. When it turns yellow in June it can be picked or gathered from the ground. The flesh inside is squeezed out and eaten.
Bardi people, who are dependent on the sea for food, have a special use for this tree. They place green leaves on a rock and rub their feet on them. The effect is like that of a balm, giving some protection against cuts from the reef and stonefish stings.
The Karajarri people use the leaves in a similar way, first chewing them and rubbing the mixture on the soles of their feet for protection when walking on the hot sands of their country. Wudarr is also a medicinal plant. The Bard people use it to make an infusion, which they apply to aches and sores or drink for “cold-sick.”
Small shrub with phyllodes around 1cm long, with flowers as yellow balls. Formerly Acacia translucens, which was split into several species. Found mainly south of Broome:
Very similar to Acacia wickhamii, found north of Broome around the Buccaneer Archipelago.