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fish poison tree, Acacia ditricha

urrgurrg (uk -)
urryimarr (ug -)
olambar (ug -)
nhiichi (yuku -)
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola
in Uw Ilbmbanhdhiy
in Pakanh

Fish poison tree, Acacia ditricha, seed pod

The fish poison tree, Acacia ditricha (family Mimosaceae), is important to Aboriginal people for two main reasons. First, it is a source of toffee. For more information on plant food and the traditional subsistence of Aboriginal people in central Cape York Peninsula, see the Edible plant products page.

Second, the leaves are used as a fish poison. See the Plant usage page for more information on the uses of plant products in traditional industry.

The same name is used for this tree and for the rather dissimilar giddee-giddee, Abrus precatorius in Uw Oykangand, Uw Olkola and Pakanh. The reason for this is that both have bright red beads with a black spot.

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.