Stylidium piliferumCommon name: Common Butterfly Triggerplant
Meaning of name: Stylidium is from the Latin word stylus, meaning style, and the diminutive –idium. Piliferum is from the Latin words pilus, meaning hair, and fero, meaning to bear. Botanically it means ending in a delicate hair-like point, or bearing hairs.
Distribution: Occurs from Northampton to Esperance.
Description: A perennial herb with a flowering stem to 50 centimetres tall. The white or pink flowers are produced from September 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.
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.