Gomphocarpus fruticosusCommon name: Swan Plant

Meaning of name: Gomphocarpus is from the Greek words gomphos, meaning club, and carpos, meaning fruit. Fruticosus is Latin for bushy.

Distribution: Can be found on moist, disturbed sites from Perth to Busselton.

Remarks: This plant grows to 2 metres tall and has white flowers from November to April. It is a native of South Africa and is a declared plant. This means that it is required by law to be controlled.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
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.