plants DB - indigenious

1earth permaculture permaculture1 at start.com.au
Fri Dec 28 17:37:12 EST 2001


I had a chat with an Australian Aboriginal elder yesterday, which
might be worth sharing on this List. The Plants DB came up and her
response was:

There is one specific native plant she mentioned that has some amazing
medicinal properties, which the aborigines have been using for
centuries. It is extremely hardy and can grow almost anywhere. They
dare not mention the plant to most white folk for fear that the plant
will be commercialised, patented, fought over, synthesized and sold
over the chemist counter. As she said, that's not the plant's purpose.

She requested that the plant not be mentioned on a public domain
database.

Marcus


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