Author: Jan Scholten
English: Bloodroot; Scarlet bloodroot; Red root.
Region: Autralia, Northern Territory, Northern Queensland, Papua New Guinea
Botany: perennial herb, ± 1 meter tall, grass-like; leaves strap-like, narrow, leathery, arising from the base; flowers from October to May, deep-red or orange red, in dense clusters, on long stiff stalks; fruit red to black, fleshy capsules, three lobes, with red-purple juice; habitat open woodland, gravel or shallow lateritic soils and sandstone.
Use: dye, red, brown and purple; bedding or edging plant in native gardens; treatment of snake bite; dry stalks as fire-sticks.