Scholtzia involucrataCommon name: Spiked Scholtzia

Meaning of name: Scholtzia honours Heinrich Scholtz (1812 – 1859), a physician who studied the flora and flora of Silesia. Involucrata is from the Latin words involucre, meaning a cloth to wrap round one; or involucrum, meaning a wrapper, envelope. Botanically it means having leaves or bracts surrounding the base of the flower-head.

Distribution: Occurs from Eneabba to Perth.

Remarks: A shrub to 1.5 metres tall. The white to pink flowers are produced from December to March.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.

Why are there no photographs for this plant?

The main reason why some plants don’t have photographs is because we haven’t found the plant yet. We have had a few flora surveys conducted and they have indicated that this plant can be found in the bush. The problem is that we just don’t know where in the bush to find it. And if we can’t find it, we can’t photograph it.

Another problem we have is that, while we have a name for the plant, we really don’t know what it actually looks like. It’s very difficult to find a plant if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

But rest assured that as soon as we have photographs for this plant we’ll put them on the website.