The Bush Banana is a totemic plant that often features in Aboriginal
mythology and can be found in many Aboriginal paintings.
The plant was originally named Marsdenia australia. Marsdenia,
after William Marsden, 1754-1836, the Irish orientalist and numismatist.; australis
comes from the Latin meaning southern.
Extreme care must be taken when identifying edible food plants and those used
in bush medicine. Some bush
foods are only edible at different stages of the plant cycle, or when treated
appropriately. Bush medicine should only be used under the guidance of a
qualified physician. Information here is only provided for research. You should always
seek experts in the field to confirm the identification of the plant and whether
they are edible or appropriate.