Stylidium dichotomumCommon name: Pins and Needles

Meaning of name: Stylidium is from the Latin word stylus, meaning style, and the diminutive –idium. Dichotomum is from the Greek words dicha, meaning in two ways, and tomios, meaning cut up. Botanically it means forked or branching.

Distribution: Occurs from Kalbarri to Ravensthorpe.

Description: A plant to 30 centimetres tall. The pink flowers are up to 7 millimetres long and produced from October to December.

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.