An upright, spindly shrub growing to 4 metres, though usually < 2 metres. Leaves are long and linear or slightly rounded. Leaf margins may be wavy or finely toothed. Male and female flowers are carried on separate plants; both are inconspicuous. More noticeable are the large clusters of waxy (and later papery) fruits. These may turn red but seem to remain whitish or pale brown in local populations. Each fruit capsule contains several dark, round seeds.
Seeds germinate without treatment but can be unreliable. Soaking in near-boiling water is reported to enhance germination. Also from cuttings.
Typically late winter to spring. Flowers are inconspicuous.
Mangoplah Church and Murraguldrie Flora Reserve.
Wiradjuri Name: Bururr

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The branches and trunk of bururr ware very dense and considered very strong. There are records available to show that the species was used to create handles for small hand tools, including stone axes and clubs.

Food Uses*.

There is competing evidence on what parts of bururr might be edible so absolute caution is suggested. At this point we are unable to ascertain exact food uses if any.

* 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.

Medicinal Uses.

There are some records that show that bururr was used for medicinal purposes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the roots could be boiled and a mouthwash made to relieve toothache.

There is anecdotal evidence that a compress of chewed leaves could be applied to cuts and scratches to dull pain. There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest chewed leaves could dull stings.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery