Pericalymma ellipticumCommon name: Swamp Teatree

Meaning of name: Pericalymma is from the Greek words peri, meaning around, about or near, and calymma, meaning a covering, hood or veil. Ellipticum is from the Greek word ellipticos, meaning having the form of an ellipse. Botanically this implies acute, not rounded, ends.

Distribution: Occurs from the Moore River to Fitzgerald National Park.

Description: An erect shrub up to 1 metre tall. The pink or white flowers are produced from September to December.

Associations: Castiarina picta has been seen feeding on the flowers.

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.