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Wonnil flowers
Wonnil on the Derbarl Yerrigan, Keanes Point, Peppermint Grove.

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Sound file that helps the reader say wonnil.

The Wonnil, Wanil, Wonnow or Wonong[1] or in English the peppermint tree, Western Australian peppermint, or Swan River peppermint, willow myrtle for its weeping habit.

Its scientific name is Agonis flexuosa. It occurs mainly as a small wer robust tree, usually less than 10 metres tall, although it may grow to 15 metres. It is most readily identified by the powerful odour of peppermint emitted when the leaves are crushed or torn. It occurs in a subcoastal strip from just north of Perth, southward through the Swan Coastal Plain, then along the coast to outlying records east of Bremer Bay. It flowers between August wer December. The fruit is a hard capsule, 3 – 4 mm across, with three valves containing many small seeds.[2]

Medicinal use[edit | edit source]

You can crush yira their leaves wer it is a type of medicine that helps blocked or runny noses. To help an upset stomach you can boil water wer put the wonnil leaves in the water, wait for a while wer then drink the water wer it will help your upset stomach.[3]

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  1. Noongar names for plants. kippleonline.net. Retrieved 27 March 2017
  2. Rippey, Elizabeth; Rowland (Reinette), Barbara (2004) [1995]. Coastal plants: Perth and the south-west region (2nd ed.). Perth: UWA Press. p. 41. ISBN 1-920694-05-6
  3. Wp/nys/Olman Walley and Xavier. Noongar Culture Workshop. Hilton 2016