Meaning of name: Styphelia is from the Greek word styphelos, meaning tough or harsh, referring to the stiff, prickly leaves. Tenuiflora is from the Latin words tenuis, meaning thin, narrow or delicate, and floris, meaning flower.
Aboriginal use: The berries of Styphelia tenuiflora were eaten.
Distribution: Occurs throughout the jarrah forest of the Darling Scarp and on the coastal plain from Dwellingup to Gingin.
Description: A shrub to 1 metre tall. The white flowers are up to 30 millimetres long and are borne from April to July.
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.
Bush Tucker Plants of the South-West. B Daw, T Walley, G Keighery. 1997.