Herb: Broad-Leaved Geebong
Latin name: Persoonia levis
Edible parts of Broad-Leaved Geebong:Fruit - raw or cooked. Succulent but astringent. The fruit has a sweet fibrous pulp that is fixed to one large seed, it tastes somewhat like sweet cotton wool and is relished by the Australian Aborigines.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Heaths and dry sclerophyll forests on sandy and stony soils.
Propagation of Broad-Leaved Geebong:Seed - scarify the seed and sow it in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Keep the seed tray in a sunny position during the following summer and the seed should germinate in the autumn. About 46% germination can be expected. Carefully prick the young seedlings out into individual pots within 1 - 2 days of emerging, the root is very brittle and plants are easily killed. Grow the plants on in the greenhouse for at least their first 2 winters and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Give some protection from winter cold for at least their first winter outdoors.
Cultivation of the herb:Heaths and dry sclerophyll forests on sandy and stony soils.
Medicinal use of Broad-Leaved Geebong:None known
Known hazards of Persoonia levis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.