Windi

(WIN-dee)

Flaggelaria

Flagellaria indica

Description

A climber with narrow cane-like stems; leaves narrow, grass-like with curling tendril at the tip; flowers small, white; fruit globular to 5 mm diameter, pink when ripe. Found in monsoon vine forest and near permanent water. Flowers and fruit throughout the year.

Uses

The split stems are used to make the frame of fishing nets called alawi. The stems may also be used to make ceremonial bracelets and armbands.

(Source: Blake, N., Wightman, G., and Williams, L. 1998. Iwaidja Ethnobotany, p. 73. NT Botanical Bulletin No. 23, Parks and Wildlife Commission, Darwin.)