Hypocalymma angustifoliumCommon name: White Myrtle
Meaning of name: Hypocalymma is from the Greek words hypo, meaning under, and calymma, meaning a covering or hood. It refers to the cap of the calyx in bud. Angustifolium is from the Latin words angustus, meaning narrow, and folium, meaning leaf.
Aboriginal name: Koodgeed.
Aboriginal use: The leaves were used to relieve headaches and nasal congestion. They were also used in the treatment of skin conditions.
Distribution: Occurs from Geraldton to Albany.
Remarks: An open shrub to 1.5 metres tall. The white to pink flowers are produced from July to October.
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.
Noongar Bush Medicine, Medicinal Plants of the South-west of Western Australia. Vivienne Hansen & John Horsfall. 2016