Burchardia multifloraCommon name: Milkmaids

Meaning of name: Burchardia honours Johann Heinrich Burckhard (1676 – 1738), a German botanist. Multiflora is from the Latin words multus, meaning many, and floris, meaning flower.

Distribution: Occurs from Hill River to Albany.

Description: The flower stems are up to 27 centimetres tall above slender leaves. The pinkish white flowers, produced from July to October, have purple anthers.

Notes: The colour of the anthers is the easiest way to separate Burchardia multiflora and Burchardia congesta. Burchardia congesta has yellow anthers.

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.