Melaleuca lateritiaCommon name: Robin Redbreast Bush
Meaning of name: Melaleuca is from the Greek words melas, meaning black, and leucos, meaning white. It refers to the black trunk and white branches of some Asian species. Lateritia is from the Latin word lateritius meaning made of bricks. Botanically it means dark brick-red.
Distribution: Occurs from Eneabba to Albany.
Remarks: A shrub to 2 metres tall. The red flowers are produced from September to April.
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.