Dianella revoluta

Meaning of name: Dianella is named after the Roman goddess of hunting, Diana, who was created queen of the woods by Jupiter. Revoluta is from the Latin word revolutus meaning rolled back or down.

Aboriginal name: Mangard.

Aboriginal use: Decoctions of the leaves were used to treat headaches. Decoctions of the roots were used to treat colds. The fruit was eaten raw or cooked and the roots were pounded before roasting on hot rocks. The leaves were used to make string.

Distribution: Occurs from Carnarvon to the Nullabor Plain.

Remarks: A tufted plant with leaves up to 85 centimetres long. The flower stems can be up to 1 metre tall. The purple flowers are produced in October and November followed by blue berries.

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 Plants for Perth Gardens. Various contributors. 1996.

Noongar Bush Medicine, Medicinal Plants of the South-west of Western Australia. Vivienne Hansen & John Horsfall. 2016