Burchardia congestaCommon name: Milkmaids
Aboriginal name: Kara.
Aboriginal use: The tubers of Burchardia congesta were eaten raw or roasted on coals.
Distribution: Occurs from Northampton to Cape Naturaliste.
Description: The flower stems are up to 60 centimetres tall above slender leaves. The white flowers, produced from August to October, have yellow anthers.
Notes: The colour of the anthers is the easiest way to separate Burchardia congesta and Burchardia multiflora. Burchardia multiflora has purple anthers.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.
Bush Tucker Plants of the South-West. B Daw, T Walley, G Keighery. 1997.