Whitewood

Category: Flora

Scientific Name:

Atalaya hemiglauca

Arrernte Name:

Arlperre

Conservation Status:

Least Concern (LC)

Attractive Garden Tree:
Whitewood grows to 7m, produces creamy flowers in the warmer months, and winged ‘helicopter’ seeds. An attractive garden tree, in cultivation it is susceptible to frosts when young, and often produces root suckers. Widespread across central and eastern inland regions, it occurs on a wide variety of non-spinifex habitats such as rocky hills and sand dunes.

Bushfood & Traditional Use:
Aboriginal people harvest edible witchetty grubs from the roots and the white sap is edible. Its soft white timber is used to make ornaments.

Distribution