Stirlingia latifoliaCommon name: Blueboy
Meaning of name: Stirlingia is named after Sir James Stirling (1791 – 1865), first governor of WA 1829-1838, who encouraged the study of native plants. Latifolia is from the Latin words latus, meaning broad, and folius, meaning leaf.
Distribution: Occurs from Kalbarri to Albany.
Remarks: An undershrub to 40 centimetres, with flowering stems to 1.5 metres tall. The red-brown or yellowish flowers are produced from August to October. These are followed by the nuts which are covered in dense silvery tufts of hair.
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.