Meaning of name: Conostephium comes from the Greek words conos, meaning cone, and stephanos, meaning that which encircles, a crown or wreath. Preissii honours Johann August Ludwig Preiss (1811 – 1883) who collected in Western Australia more than 2,700 species.
Distribution: Occurs from Kalbarri to Waroona.
Description: A shrub to 1.5 metres tall. The pendulous flowers are white with a purple tip. The flowers are produced all year.
Notes: Conostephium preissii differs from Conostephium pendulum in having smaller flowers, being a larger plant and flowering for a longer period.
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.
Why are there no photographs available for this plant?
The main reason why some plants don’t have photographs is because we haven’t found the plant yet. We have had a few flora surveys conducted and they have indicated that this plant can be found in the bush. The problem is that we just don’t know where in the bush to find it. And if we can’t find it, we can’t photograph it.
Another problem we have is that, while we have a name for the plant, we don’t know what it actually looks like. It’s very difficult to find a plant if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
But rest assured that as soon as we have photographs for this plant we’ll put them on the website.