Milwunji

( mil-WOON-ji)

Bush grape

Ampelocissus acetosa

Description

An annual scrambling climber from a perennial tuber; leaves divided into 5-9 leaflets; flowers small, purple; fruit globular, dark purple when ripe. Occurs in open forest and woodland. Flowers September-February. Fruit February-April.

Uses

The fruit are eaten when they are ripe (black). The underground tubers are called Yurnik and the whole plant is called Milwundji. The tubers are often eaten by feral pigs.

(Source: Blake, N., Wightman, G., and Williams, L. 1998. Iwaidja Ethnobotany, p. 35. NT Botanical Bulletin No. 23, Parks and Wildlife Commission, Darwin.)