Kakadu National Park

Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place at Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of health directions to keep the community safe. It is important to comply with the current travel restrictions and to use the Territory Check-In app to register at visitor sites and campgrounds in Kakadu.

This pink-coloured shrub grows mainly in the sandy soils of open tropical woodlands.

You can see it scattered beside many roads and walking tracks in Kakadu.

Turkey bushes have tiny, densely packed leaves and fine-haired pink flowers, which cover the shrub during Yekke and Wurrkeng (May to August).

Culture

The turkey bush has a wide variety of traditional uses.

Bininj crush the flowers and leaves and rub them onto their skin as an insect repellent. The leaves and flowers can also be mixed with hot water to create a liniment for sore muscles.

The wood of the shrub makes excellent firewood and is also used to craft clapsticks, woomeras and prongs for spears.

Other names

  • Scientific name: Calytrix exstipula