Western Australia, Trees of Western Australia, gungunnu
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For the want of a good descriptive common name for this handsome mallee I have used the name which Richard Helms stated was used by the aborigines of the Fraser Range district. Helms stated that the natives ate the roots of his species. As far as I can ascertain, the specimens recorded by Helms were from 40 miles N.W. from Fraser Range. The specific names "caesia" is from the Latin caesius (blue of the eyes) and refers to the blue-grey or pale grey powdery appearance of the leaves, and more particularly the branchlets, buds and fruits. The flowers are a pale rose-pink in colour.
Gardner, C A.
"Trees of Western Australia - the gungunnu,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 3
, Article 23.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol3/iss1/23