Xylomelum occidentaleCommon name: Woody Pear

Meaning of name: Xylomelum is from the Greek words xylon, meaning wood, and melon, meaning apple or fruit generally. Occidentale is from the Latin word occidentalis, meaning western.

Aboriginal name: Danja.

Aboriginal use: An infusion of the leaves and bark was used to relieve pain.

Distribution: Found from Wanneroo to Augusta.

Description: A large shrub or tree to 8 metres tall. The white flowers are produced from December to February.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.

Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.

Noongar Bush Medicine, Medicinal Plants of the South-west of Western Australia. Vivienne Hansen & John Horsfall. 2016