A genus of 14 species that are woody, evergreen shrubs endemic to south western Western Australia. They contain oil glands and are aromatic, often giving off a pleasant aroma when crushed. The flowers are small and have five petals, ten stamens, and are followed by small hard fruit.
They like similar conditions to the Proteas – full sun, well drained soil, drought tolerant once established, susceptible to phytophthora.
The name for the genus is thought to come from the Greek words ‘chamai’ meaning “dwarf” and ‘leucos’ meaning “white”, though the reasoning for this is unknown. Another possibility suggested is that the name is derived from the Latin word ‘camelaucum’ which was the name used for the headgear of medieval Popes.
Name Derivation: Meaning and derivation obscure; possibly from camelaucum, the headgear of the Pope
Common Name: Wax flower
Chamelaucium is in the family Myrtaceae.