Philip G. Kerr
School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Approximately 80% of mainland Australia is considered to be arid or semi-arid. Most of the desert flora remains unexplored. There is a wealth of anecdote from first nation Australians, with a number of books detailing Aboriginal use of plants[2-7] and papers, dealing with either single plant species or groups of species reported as being used by Australian Aboriginal people, scattered throughout the literature.[8-15] These provide a good deal of information that can be a stepping stone to investigate the medicinal potential of a large number of desert floral species.