Comesperma virgatumCommon name: Milkwort

Meaning of name: Comesperma is from the Greek words come, meaning hair, and sperma, meaning seed. The seeds of most species have a tuft of hairs. Virgatum is from the Latin word virgatus, meaning twiggy or striped. Botanically it means long, slender and stiff, or streaked.

Distribution: Occurs from Perth to Cape Le Grand.

Remarks: An erect shrub to 1.6 metres tall. The pink to purple flowers are produced from September to March.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.