Hemiandra pungensCommon name: Snake Bush
Meaning of name: Hemiandra is from the Greek words hemi, meaning half, and andros, meaning man, botanically stamen. It refers to the anthers being 1-celled. Pungens is Latin meaning pricking, botanically, pungent, ending in a sharp, hard point.
Distribution: Occurs from Kalbarri to Albany.
Remarks: A prostrate plant with prickly leaves to 1 metre in diameter. The flowers, which are pale lilac with darker spots, are produced from most months of the year.
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.