Mutjang, Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)

Kathrine Clarke (b.1988)
Wattle bark has been used by Koori people as a traditional fish poison and as a painkiller for rheumatism (heated over fire and then infused in bathing water), while the smoke from the plant has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea. The gum in some cases was used to produce a drink, with nectar to sweeten it. This was sometimes served as a remedy for coughs, colds and chest infections. The gum could also be applied directly to cuts and abrasions as an antiseptic preparation, in either a solid or powdered form. The name Mutjang is derived from a Djab Wurrung name meaning black wood.

© Kathrine Clarke
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acrylic and pencil on canvas
20.3 x 14.4 cm
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Purchased 2018
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