Seed germinates well without treatment but has a narrow window of viability. Best sown 3-4 months after collection.
Chiefly October and November, but reported in summer and autumn also.
Irregularly scattered across the region and never a dominant species. Example populations include Livingstone NP and SCA, Mates Gully TSR and Murraguldrie Flora Reserve.
The roots of ngarridyu in one of the most important food sources for the Wiradjuri Nation. Wiradjuri people were known to cultivate large areas of land and plant ngarridyu to ensure a crop the following season
The roots have large tubers that can be eaten raw or roasted. It is described as having a coconut flavor and was used in a similar way as potato, providing a staple diet for aboriginal people.
* The critical factor in using plants for food is to avoid accidental poisoning. Eat only those plants you can positively identify and you know are safe to eat. All food details on this website are not based on toxicology reports or scientific knowledge, we make no claim to advice on bush survival in these information bites, only to represent the common perception.