Yam Daisy, Murnong, Australian native plant greeting card
Yam Daisy or Murnong - Microseris walterii - greeting card
Australian native plant
Reproduced from an original watercolour painting by Cheryl Hodges.
Greeting card 10 x 15cm, blank inside with brown recycled envelope.
Text on reverse of card reads:
Murnong is the Indigenous name for this plant in the daisy family, with bright yellow flowers, lance shaped leaves and tuber roots. Traditionally, murnong were farmed and the starchy tuber roots were a staple of the Indigenous people’s diet. The
occurrence of the murnong has reduced due to decades of sheep and cattle grazing, but it can still be found in the southern areas of Australia particularly in nature reserves. The murnong is gaining popularity as a garden plant and also for use in restaurants.
The murnong does look similar to the exotic dandelion and ‘cats ears’ (or flatweed) which are far more common than the murnong. There are several main differences between the dandelion and the murnong. The buds on the murnong droop down until the flower opens. The petals of the murnong tend to be spaced further apart and more sparse. The leaves of the murnong are narrower with some serrations.