Lechenaultia floribundaCommon name: Free-flowering Leschenaultia

Meaning of name: Lechenaultia is named in honour of Jean-Baptiste Louis Claud Theodore Leschenault de la Tour (1773 – 1826). The genus is so spelt because Robert Brown, who named it, mis-spelt Leschenault’s name. Floribunda is from the Latin words flos or floris, meaning flower, and abundus, meaning abounding in.

Distribution: Found from Geraldton to the Peel Estuary.

Remarks: A shrub to 50 centimetres tall. The blue or white flowers are produced from October to January.

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.