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).
One species from, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island (and possibly Qld)The second most abundant tree on Norfolk Island (after the Araucaria).
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.