Opercularia vaginataCommon name: Dog Weed

Meaning of name: Opercularia is from the Latin word operculum, meaning cover or lid. It refers to the lid-like valves on the fruit. Vaginata is from the Latin word vagina, meaning sheath.

Distribution: Occurs from Shark Bay to Israelite Bay.

Description: A spreading shrub to 30 centimetres tall. The green flowers are produced from August 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.