Another bush tucker plant in a scenic spot! Not many flowers left today on the Leucopogon, but lots of eyecatching fruit. I disturbed a couple of silver gulls who were having a feed. It’s a nifty way for the seeds to get dispersed too.
I don’t know the language name , but it’s sometimes called white currant , for obvious reasons , and coastal beard heath, as like other Leucopogons the tiny flowers have a fluffy look. Leucopogon means white beard in Greek.
The berries are bush tucker, a Noongar elder told me that her family knew what was OK to eat, as their old people often said to know where to get a feed, watch what the birds are eating, and then the children would know which berries to gather. (Please don’t eat though, leave for the birds).
Singing my songlines today, something I learned from Pauly the joy of singing little made up ditties and channelling my Dad, dancing little random dances (Grandad’s excited to see you dances my daughters remember) as I walk along. Our First Nations peoples have demonstrated that song, dance, story and art connected to the landscape are wonderful ways of recalling wisdom. When I get to the ridge where the white currant grows I start carolling : Silver gulls rejoi oi oice, with coast and beard and hee eath, Leucopogon parviflorus, news, news, fruit is ripe today ay ay, fruit is ripe today
On a more prosaic note, like many of our Lowlands native plants, Leucopogon has strategies to cope with our nutrient poor seaside locations, including a fine hairy root structure and a mutual admiration association with nitrogen and phosphorus sharing fungi.
Djuk, the bush cherry is also in fruit today, see Day 34 story to find out more more at https://lowlandsbeach.medium.com/jam-from-djuck-not-hassle-free-and-herbivore-turns-carnivore-89011a63268f
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