A General History of the Dichlamydeous Plants 1: 485. 1831.
Cow-itch Tree, Pyramid Tree, White Oak (on Norfolk Island), Sally Wood (on Lord Howe Island).
P. Green (Kew Bulletin 45:241, 1990) Correct epiphet for this species is patersonia.
Named for Col. William Paterson (1755-1810), onetime Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales, who was on Norfolk Island between 1791 and 1793 and sent the seed from there to Britain in 1792. "This plant has been known in a few collections that possess it by the name Patersonia. Patersonia, therefore, as an intentional substantive name in apposition, seems to be the correct epiphet. Sims (1804). Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia, Barley et al, 2005
Hibiscus patersonius Andrews Botanist's Repository, for new, and rare plants 4: , t. 286. 1803.