Sowerbaea laxifloraCommon name: Purple Tassels; Vanilla Lily

Meaning of name: Sowerbaea honours James Sowerby (1752 – 1822), an English botanical artist. Laxiflora is from the Latin words laxus, meaning wide, loose or open, and floris, meaning flower.

Distribution: Occurs from Kalbarri to Denmark.

Description: The purple, or sometimes white, flowers are held up to 45 centimetres high above the tuft of leaves from August to November.

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.