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Fish-Plate Shrub - Guettarda Speciosa

By William Ivinson

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Fish-Plate Shrub - Guettarda Speciosa


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The bright green leaves which are very large and thick are used to hold and wrap foods when cooked. They were also heated on hot stones or coals and held against sore parts of bodies for the relief of muscle aches and strains and headaches. The stems are used in pipe making with crab claws as a bowl told tobacco. It grows to around 2 meters and is a spreading shrub. Flowers occur from June to November and are white and tubular.


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About the Artist

Bill is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent and was born and raised in Darwin N.T.

He has belonging to kinship systems of various Aboriginal groups from Broome in W.A. through Wadeye (Port Keats), Peppeminatti (Murrin Ger – Mother’s Language Group), Daly River in the N.T. and is accepted into family clan systems in various communities within the Northern Territory.

His Torres Strait Islander origins through his father’s people begin in Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait and extend through family systems to Brisbane in QLD and Perth in Western Australia.

He is a Senior Elder with a deep knowledge of the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and an in-depth understanding of Australian Aboriginal Culture.

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