Araucaria (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Araucaria (Sturtevant, 1919)

Araucaria bidwillii Hook.

Coniferae (Araucariaceae). BUNYABUNYA.

Australia; the bunya-bunya of the natives. The cones furnish an edible seed which is roasted. Each tribe of the natives has its own set of trees and each family its own allotment among them. These are handed down from generation to generation with the greatest exactness and are believed to be the only hereditary personal property possessed by the aborigines.

Araucaria brasiliana A. Rich.


Brazil. The seeds are very large and are eatable. They are sold as an article of food in the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

Araucaria imbricata Pav.


Southern Chili. The seeds are eaten by the Indians, either fresh, boiled or roasted, and from them is distilled a spirituous liquor. Eighteen good-sized trees will yield enough for a man's sustenance all the year round.