Black Anther Flax Lily (Dianella revoluta or D. brevicaulis).


 

A cluster of Black Anther Flax-Lily
A cluster of Black Anther Flax-Lily

 

 

Dianella revoluta and Dianella brevicaulis, commonly known as ‘Black Anther Flax lily and Coast Flax-lily, respectively, are two plants that are of great use as bushfood and medicine.

 

Dianella revoluta, showing black anthers
Dianella revoluta, showing the black anthers from which it gets its name.

 

The black, ripe, berries of both are delicious and abundant in summer. In D. brevicaulus, they nestle down amongst the leaves. On D. revoluta, they stand on the flower stems above the leaves.

The white piece at the bottom of the leaves tastes a little like nuts and has a strong antiviral property. When we’re out bush, we are constantly chewing on it and the berries to keep our immunity up and colds away. Roots can be used the same way after a good cleaning.

The beautiful purple, yellow and black flowers can be seen from August to January.

 

Leaves and flowers of Dianella revoluta
Leaves and flowers of Dianella revoluta

 

 

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