Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine
around Coober Pedy
Santalum lanceolatum Bush Plum
Kupata - Bush Plum
Kaputa or the Bush Plum (Santalum Lanceolatum), also known as Sandalwood, is a small tree up to two metres. It has thick drooping grey-green leaves and small cream flowers. The fruit is a dark purple colour and is very fleshy. The wood and oil have a distinctive perfume. Kupata is a common plant in breakaway and sandhill country, and fruits after rain. It taps into other plants roots, and must use them to survive.
The fruit is very high in vitamin C, and are eaten raw or dried and reconstituted with water later. A dye can be made from the fruit, and the wood is used for carving artefacts.